Halloween, Politics and the Church

Oct 31st 2008

I’m just spending a little time trying to ponder the differences between Halloween and this political campaign…can’t think of many.  Everyone has their hands out; most people are wearing masks; and if it weren’t so funny, it would be kind of scary!  :)  But beyond that let me take a moment and hit two other common intersections between Halloween, politics and the church.

SAYING THANK YOU. With each of my children, whenever they have gone into our neighborhood trick-or-treating.  My number one instruction has always been — Never forget to say thank you.  Whenever someone gives you candy, always say thank you. Too be honest, I think a political season should always cause the church to pause for a moment and say thank you to God.  We live in a nation where ideas are freely expressed and leaders are freely selected.  In many countries around the world, elections are a sham and wicked leaders bring unimaginable levels of suffering to the people — places like Myanmar.  As challenged as we feel, we should say thank you to God for the place we live.

THE CHURCH DIVIDED. Some Christians think Halloween is a harmless kid’s activity.  Some think it is the devil’s holiday.  And I’ve seen some Christians divide over their views on Halloween.  Some think Jesus is a republican.  Some think Jesus is a democrat.  (But both know that He’s not a libertarian.)  :)  And I’ve seen Christians divide over political views.  All I can say is, please don’t.  If you vote, vote as you feel God is leading you to vote and trust that other followers of Jesus are doing the same.  When Halloween/Election is over, they will know that we are Christians…not by our costumes or our votes, but by the love we have for each other.

So the candy is gone.  election day is coming….let’s put away the maks and celebrate the fact that no matter what else happens, Jesus is still King.