It’s that time of year again! Leaves are falling, cooler weather is coming and candy is flowing (at least many children are hoping to collect a lot 😉 ). This time of year also tends to bring out many interesting characters, through costumes and parties where scaring people is more acceptable in light of Halloween. Rather than getting into the religious aspects of All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve, I want to take this writing opportunity to ask you to consider whether or not you, yourself, might be bewitched?
Do you remember that old television show entitled “Bewitched”? Elizabeth Montgomery made witches seem mild mannered and even likeable. It was almost as if becoming bewitched really wasn’t such a bad thing. With the celebration of Halloween, many find reason to dress up and be as scary and even gory as can be. Much focus on the dead, bloody and scary things might not go over too well at any other time of year, but at this time of year, it is usually excused or even expected. It is almost as if there is a bewitching spell over this day that makes all these bloody and gory things OK or even acceptable. Aside from any positive effects of a temporary adrenaline rush, there is really not much good that comes from celebrating death and horror. While retailers benefit from the sales of costumes and candy and many younger children dress up as more innocent or even heroic characters, there is a great cost that comes with much of the so called “fun” of Halloween—immunization or a bewitching!
Death is our mutual enemy, not something we should dismiss or even glorify! A wandering spirit would not be a desirable state, as the spirit and soul of man was created to have a body. Exposed blood, guts and gore are not positive things in the real world. If those attempting to scare around Halloween were actually coming after you with real blades, a chain saw or some sharp sickle, you would run for your life. Accepting these things as OK or even good, if only for one day and night in a year, will bewitch you! If you find yourself spellbound on Halloween, perhaps you should ask yourself if you are bewitched about anything else?! You may want to review my 05-22-09 blog entry, “DELUSION.”
Do you scare easily? Are you afraid of death and hell? It seems that the word “hell” is so often used today as a curse in exclamation or frustration that people even tend to doubt the reality of its existence. Hell is a real place; Jesus even often taught about hell. Death is most certainly a known reality that no person has ever completely escaped, except Jesus Christ. History validates this incredible fact. There is real reason to be scared if you have been bewitched and failed to deal with who the Person of Jesus Christ really is. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 puts it this way:
“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
There is a “god of this age” (the real Devil, who is the fallen angel, Lucifer) who seeks to blind and bewitch you. He is clever and doesn’t care how he can get you distracted and keep you deluded. It may even be through doing “good” things or being religious. He wears all sorts of masks and he will seek to get you to wear masks too (See my 10-30-08 blog entry: “What are Your Masks?”).
Friend, I trust you are not bewitched! Please do not let the temporary cultural acceptance of horror and gore and evil delude you into agnosticism or into ignoring the harsh reality of death and what happens after. Life is a time of testing for us all. Faith is a matter that we all deal with. The question is, “What and Who will our faith be in?” Will you believe in the written Word that has been tested and proven true over and over again? Will you believe in the ever changing opinions of men, who seek to explain all through natural processes and impersonal matter? Will you take the time to consider the claims of the Person of Jesus Christ? Will you simply be bewitched?