10/24/07

Reach Out at 'Halloween'

Next week is Halloween. We can enter into the annual debate about the evils of this holiday, or we can choose to use this element of our culture to reach out and touch our world with God’s truth and grace.

Halloween is an opportunity!

My home church, Shadow Mountain Community Church (where Dr. David Jeremiah is pastor), offers a huge annual event to the community called “Royal Night.” Many of the event workers dress in elegant medieval garb to carry out the theme, and the focus is on our King of Kings, Jesus. People in the community flood to the lighted parking lot, which is loaded with fun booths, rides and jumps for all ages, a petting zoo, Christian music performances, and plenty of food. Every guest is offered a bag full of “tickets,” along with an invitation to church, and material that presents the claims of Christ.

The whole event is top-notch, because Christians do, after all, represent the King. We are His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:19), and we need to conduct our lives with excellence and dignity, even when we are at play. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), and we are to manifest the sweetness of the knowledge of God “in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14), even a Halloween outreach. As a result of Royal Night, children and families have visited and joined our church, and many have come to know Christ.

On Halloween, you might choose to pass out gospel tracts with candy at your door, or take candy treats or fall flowers to a lonely shut-in. If you wear a costume, be sure that it reflects well on the Lord you love. The goal is to turn this holiday of darkness into a holy day of light for someone who needs something more than this world can offer.

So next week, do something positive with this negative holiday. Turn it into an opportunity to tell someone about King Jesus.

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