It can be difficult for Christians to navigate as they seek to honor God in the midst of a season where princess costumes and superhero capes are sold alongside demon horns and witches’ cauldrons.
While the Bible does not explicitly mention n, God’s Word is clear about the dangers of toying with the occult.
Multiple books in the Old Testament strongly denounce any attempt to tap into the supernatural world via mediums, sorcerers, magicians or fortune tellers. (See Deuteronomy 18:9-14, Leviticus 20:6 and 2 Chronicles 33:6.)
In the New Testament, the book of Acts records several instances where people who had been practicing magic renounced their former ways when they gave their lives to Jesus. (See Acts 19:19 and the story of Simon the Magician in Acts 8.)
The following links, including time-tested wisdom from Billy Graham, may be helpful for Christians as they study the Scriptures and pray about how to approach Halloween.
Billy Graham’s message on witches, demons & the devil
Hot dogs on the grill, parades, picnics and bright flags of red, white and blue—all celebrating the pride we feel for our country. But as fireworks light up the sky, is God up in heaven, waving the stars and stripes along with us?
We are, after all, the nation that stamps “God bless America” on signs and bumper stickers. Hasn’t our country indeed been blessed with all its freedoms? Haven’t we found favor with God?
God loves America, but not just America.
In fact, His love is so unique that He can love us all the same. He created us and doesn’t pick favorites. He’s not an American patriot, but loves all nations. More than that, He loves the people of those nations.
God wants every single person to know Him and His love, from those who have His name engraved on their coins to those who live in impoverished villages. As Psalm 33:12 tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
This Almighty God doesn’t divide people by geographic location or government, but sees each person as a special creation formed by His own hands.
He showed us the abundance of His love when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to enable us—sinful, imperfect people—to have a relationship with a perfect, holy God—the Creator of the universe.
God doesn’t have a high political position or a fancy throne here on earth, but is King over the entire world—and cares about each detail of our lives. The Bible tells us that “kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:28).
As King, God could force us to love Him back, but instead, He has given us a choice: to return His love or reject Him.
Rahab, the Harlot, Rescued, by Faith
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. (Heb_11:31)
God delivered the fortress of Jericho into the hands of His people, as the walls fell down, by faith. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days” (Heb_11:30). This evil city of abominations was then destroyed, as the holy Lord God had justly required. “You shall utterly destroy them . . . lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods” (Deu_20:17-18). Yet, the family of Rahab, the harlot, was rescued, by faith. “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe.”
In preparation for entering the land, Joshua had sent out two spies, who were eventually received by Rahab. “Now Joshua. . . sent out two men . . . to spy secretly, saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho.’ So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there” (Jos_2:1). The king of Jericho searched for the men and could not find them, for Rahab had concealed them. “She had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax” (Jos_2:6). Why would this woman have risked her life to protect these two strangers? She and her family had heard of the reality of the God of Israel. “We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites . . . whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted . . . for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (Jos_2:10-11). This heathen family now wanted to turn from their idolatrous ways and identify by faith with the true and living Lord God and with His people. “Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall” (Jos_2:15).
By her confession of faith, confirmed by her actions of faith, Rahab and her family were rescued from the judgment that her unbelieving city experienced. “And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day” (Jos_6:25). She became a part of the nation Israel, even appearing in the line of Jesus, the Messiah! “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ . . . Abraham begot Isaac . . . Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab” (Mat 1:1-2, 5). What astounding blessings come to those who believe. By faith, Rahab went from judgment to deliverance, from idols to God, from shame to honor!
Lord God of all who believe, I am humbled and encouraged by Rahab’s testimony. It is humbling to see how much more revelation I have—yet, at times, I wrestle with fears and doubts. However, it is encouraging to see the radical changes that You bring whenever we trust in You!