Part 1: Every year the Fall ushers in the cooler air and brisk mornings, the awe-inspiring beauty of the trees and bushes as their adorning leaves change colors, and the harvesting of the farm fields on the outskirts of town. The harvest time is a beautiful time of year. We also see the store shelves fill up with Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy and we’re reminded of our culture’s increasing infatuation and embrace of Halloween. And each year it seems the participation reaches further beyond carved and glowing pumpkins, cute costumes, and the giving of candy (all of which has pagan roots). We’re faced with the question, what is Halloween and should my family participate in it? So I put this question out to the For 10 Sake audience as well; what do you think? Using the Bible, the final authority on all matters of faith and practice, I have explored and researched how the Bible addresses Light vs. Darkness. Hopefully this will provoke some thoughts by our For 10 Sake community to consider. So begins part one of three of this post.
The bible says, For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Let’s pause for a moment and look at the word condemned. That means to express strong disapproval of; to pronounce judgment against; to judge or declare to be unfit. We don’t want to be condemned right? To be declared unfit and disapproved. John 3:17 states that: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Now let’s continue in verse 18: He that believeth on him is not condemned [so simply by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ we are not condemned, but rather justified through Jesus; now continuing on in verse 18]: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Verse 19: And this is the condemnation [the judgment], that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Again, verse 19, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Today, in light of the time of year when the world celebrates Halloween, I want to take a look Halloween and specifically what the Bible says about darkness and light. Lastly, I want us to think about our lives; are we walking in the light or are we walking in darkness? Are we going to celebrate and glorify the dark and evil things of Halloween or will we choose to glorify God and the Light of His Son Jesus Christ?
Before we look at how the Word of God addresses darkness and light, let’s take a look at our American culture. Would you agree with me that our culture loves darkness more than light and that our deeds as a nation are increasingly more and more evil? Let’s take a look at our music, our movies, our video games, and our books. Let’s start with Music:
In the cover song, “The Prince”, by a group called Metallica openly sing:
“Angel from below . . .
I WISH TO SELL MY SOUL . . .
DEVIL TAKE MY SOUL
with diamonds you repay
I don’t care for heaven
so don’t you look for me to cry
AND I WILL BURN IN HELL
from the day I die.”
Bon Jovi sings in “Homebound Train”:
“When I was just a boy
THE DEVIL TOOK MY HAND
Took me from my home
He made me a man . . .
I’m going DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN
On the homebound train.”
How about our movies. Right now and especially right now given the time of year, the following movies are available to rent:
The Dead Matter
Puppet master X: Axis of Evil
Paranormal Activity 3
Back From Hell
Killjoy Goes to Hell
After Dusk They come
Drag Me to Hell
Séance: The Summoning
The Haunting of Whaley House
Bathory: Countess of Blood
Some Guy Who Kills People
The Terror Experiment
The Devil Inside
The Dead Undead
Beneath the Darkness
It’s just as bad and maybe even worse with Horror Novels/books. People still read books and horror novels are still amongst the top sellers.
So how about the latest video games. Here are a few of the titles currently available today on popular game consoles:
Resident Evil 6
Devil May Cry
Rise of Nightmares
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection
Is it any wonder or surprise that our Nation that was founded on Godly principles and was greatly blessed of God throughout our history now has the blood of over 50 million unborn babies on our hands, that we have a President that supports abortion and the marriage of two men or two women. That unimaginable and evil acts like the tragedies of Newtown, CT., Aurora, CO., and Columbine, CO. take place. When we allow the dark and evil content from music, movies, television shows, video games, and books into our heads, our super-computer like minds process every bit of it through our eye gates and ear gates. We can’t help it. Let me offer a simple example. I may try my best not to use any cuss words. But if I’m around someone that uses them, I still hear it and my mind still has to process it right? So, how about all of these other forms of media again that we’re actively consuming through our eye gates and ear gates; does it affect us? You may say no, I’m an adult and I can handle it. I would submit to you that it absolutely does affect us. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: In other words, the things we think about turn to desire, desire turns into intent, intent turns into action, and then we suffer from the memory of these steps and are bound to repeat this cycle again. If you’re honest with yourself and before God, wouldn’t you agree what you watch, listen to, or play in an immersive video game affects your thinking? How long before we start to call evil good, and good evil; put darkness for light, and light for darkness. Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them! Caution! Warning! Woe!!!
Friend, these are just the people who openly glorify darkness and evil. But make no mistake, what “we” do in darkness will be made light. If we’re watching, listening, or reading the stuff mentioned earlier, it will have an impact on us whether we think it will or not. It will.
In part two of this post, I’ll explore the two main ways that the Bible refers to darkness and light.
SPECIAL NOTE: Friend, the intent behind the topics and content of these blogs (opinions and editorials) is not to judge, condemn, or hurt anyone. That is neither our place nor desire with For10Sake.com. We do hope that the topics covered will provoke thoughtful, meaningful, and cordial discussion. The topics may edify, exhort, or even reprove at times; that’s good right? As a community of God-Fearing Americans, we will not agree on all matters of faith, practice, and politics, but we love the Lord and desire to see Him glorified in our beloved country again. Won’t you join the discussion? What might God do for 10’s sake?