It’s October 31st a night of candy, fright and fun. Halloween is a multibillion dollar industry. According The National Retail Federation Americans plan to spend $6.9 billion in 2013. The spending breakdown is $2.6 billion on costumes for adults, children and pets; the rest is estimated to go on candy and decorations.
The amount $6.9 billion demonstrates our American priorities. The philanthropist in me can only imagine how much food or shelter could be provided for those in need with that amount of money. Children in need of sponsors, water wells, medical care and the education of our American children come to mind at the thought of 6.9 billion dollars.
I was not able to find stats on Christian dollars spent on Halloween. However, there is an ongoing debate on Christians celebrating Halloween. Many churches provide alternative activities giving children the opportunity to celebrate Halloween using a different name. Some churches restrict costumes to non-threatening attire; other churches invite all to wear costumes without guidelines.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6
Our Christian heritage is rich with compromise and intermixing of Pagan customs. Anyone wanting to celebrate Halloween is certainly free to join in this night of fearful, fattening fun. However, know what you are celebrating.
Before celebrating Halloween here are some questions you might ask:
Who is Samhain? Are witches real? What is the Witches Sabbath? Where did pumpkin carving originate? Who is Stingy Jack? Why are black cats at risk on Halloween? Who or what is Cat Sìth? What are familiars?
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I tend to stay away from religious materials when researching Halloween. The video is provided by the History channel. Wikipedia is always suggested.
Thank you for reading. Enjoy the video. Stay safe. May the Lord richly bless you and yours.