Do You Hide God’s Light In The Darkness?
Do you hide God’s light in the darkness of this world? Perhaps your answer may be different if I’d ask you…do you HIDE on Halloween?
My Hiding Story
I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a loving Christian home that would have NO part of Halloween.
We had to hide yes HIDE, in the back of the house with the lights out. We were told to be quiet so that people would think we weren’t home.
If that wasn’t enough, my mom would place a note outside that said…
“No candy here, Jesus is your treat.”
You can only imagine the embarrassment my siblings and I felt when going back to school the next day.
Although that was embarrassing, when I had children of my own, I did exactly what I my parents did. I found myself telling my kids to; be quiet, turn the lights out, and don’t open the door. Until one day my kids wanted to have a conversation about Halloween.
The Light In The Darkness
My conversation with our children hit me to my core which was the catalyst for me to start digging into God’s Word, and what the Bible said about Halloween.
I have to admit as my personal relationship grew with Jesus Christ, something inside of me just didn’t feel right about HIDING anymore.
As I have come to know and experience the love of Jesus, I could know longer ignore the questions that were tugging at my heart. Questions such as…
Why would a loving God who sent Jesus to save the world; HIDE from the people He came to save?
Why would Halloween be referenced as the devil’s day; when God’s word says, “This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it”?
Why would we tell our kids to lie, by pretending we were not at home?
To Hide Or Not Hide
As with anything I struggle with, I turned to God’s Word to see what He had to say about hiding.
Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message Translation)
13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
When I read this passage, I immediately thought about a flashlight. If I were to turn on a flashlight in a room that’s filled with lights, the flashlight would blend in with the other lights.
However, if I were to turn a flashlight on in a DARK room, the light would SHINE bright. The light would stand out.
Well, that is exactly what God wants us to do. He wants our light to shine BRIGHT in the darkness of this world. Which means we have to GO into the darkness to shine.
As I meditated on this passage for weeks, another question filled my mind and heart.
How do I shine God’s light, on the darkest night of the year without compromising my beliefs and honoring God?
The answer didn’t come immediately, but the answer did come. And the question to hide or not to hide, was no longer a question.
I knew my family was not to hide. However, in order for me to understand what to do, I had to be clear on what I knew NOT to do. As a result, I studied deeper into the History of Halloween, what God’s Word says about it and how God expects us to respond.
Decision: To Be The Light In The Darkness
The result of my study is entirely too long for this blog post, but if God is stirring something in your heart with how to respond to Halloween as a Christian, then I invite you to join me over at Living Our Priorities to read: Why We Host A Light Party And How You Can Too.
Here you will be able to read the history of Halloween, what the Bible says about Halloween and our response as a believer.
No matter where God has convicted your heart in this season, let’s do our best to not condemn one another, based on our own personal convictions.
Romans 14 tells us that we commit a sin when we do anything that is the opposite of our own personal conviction.
If you have a personal conviction to stay home on Halloween to pray and not answer the door, you should do that. On the other hand, if you’re convicted to let God’s light shine among the people, then you should do that.
As long as your heart is in the right place, it’s all good to God! When we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will ultimately point others to Christ. After all, we are the lights on the hilltop, created to SHINE!
~ Timberley Gray
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Timberley and her husband, André, do life together as a husband and wife team who, raise a family, serve as bi-vocational Pastors, and help others find the balance in life through their blog Living Our Priorities. Like many, they found themselves frustrated trying to balance their; faith, family and work. That’s when they discovered the priorities of God. And once they purposed to live by them, it not only changed their marriage, it changed their life! Now they find great joy inspiring others to live within the priorities of God.
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