Are Christians Co-opting Halloween?

Do not adjust your screens… this is real.

It’s okay to cringe, guffaw, laugh, smirk, or giggle like a schoolgirl.

It’s October 31st! That means it’s…. JESUS WEEN?

JesusWeen is a non profit organization also known as JesusWin.  It is the “Godly” alternative to Halloween.

“Every year, the world and its system have a day set aside (October 31st) to celebrate ungodly images and evil characters while Christians all over the world participate, hide or just stay quiet on Halloween day. Being a day that is widely acceptable to solicit and knock on doors, God inspired us to encourage Christians to use this day as an opportunity to spread the gospel. The days of hiding are over and we choose to take a stand for Jesus. “Evil prevails when good people do nothing”. JesusWeen is expected to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever (big claim) and that is why we also call it” World Evangelism Day”.”

Sometimes I wonder about “my people”, Christians I mean.  We choose to put our efforts towards the oddest things.  This sort of thing is like having a socially-awkward little brother.  I love him and he’s family but he does stuff that makes me want to pretend I don’t know him when we’re in public.

Jesus Ween revelers are expected to wear white tops instead of costumes to symbolize righteousness and are encouraged to hand out bibles and invitations to church.  Because that what every “demon-worshipping” batman, clown, and ninja is really wanting.

“Candy? Forget candy!  I hope this house gives me a tract!”

yeah... I don't think that's how It'll actually go down...

Apparently Christians are so uncomfortable with Halloween that they were desperate for an alternative; because not observing it wasn’t an option.

What’s next? Jesus Hashanah? Ramadanachrist?

If you feel a holiday (one that is not even observed for religious purposes) is in contradiction to your faith… don’t participate.  Who are we to commandeer things?  Obnoxious much?

As for the argument that this day was set aside to celebrate ungodly images and evil characters… fail.

This wasn’t some holiday created by satan-worshippers to manipulate innocent Christians into abandoning their God.

The earliest recorded origins of Halloween actually date back to a Celtic Festival called Samheim.  Apparently, the celtic culture included a November 1st celebration that acknowledged the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.

According to one article I read, “This particular time of year was often associated with high human death tolls as well. In fact, many in the Celtic culture believed that on the night before the New Year, the threshold separating the world of the living and the world of the dead became harder to distinguish. It was on this night-the night of October 31st- that they celebrated the aforementioned Samhain, during which it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. In addition to causing general mayhem and destroying crops, Celts believed that the presence of the ghostly spirits in the human world made it easier for the Celtic priests (Druids) to make predictions about the future.”

Over time this holiday was melded with Roman celebrations and was even influenced by the Christian church.

“By the 800s, the influence of Christian religion had extended across the Roman/Celtic lands, and during seventh century, Pope Boniface IV named November 1st as “All Saints’ Day” (a time to honor saints and martyrs). As most historians agree, the pope was more than likely trying to substitute the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The religion-oriented celebration was sometimes called “All-hallows” or “All-hallowmas” as well (possibly derived from Middle English “Alholowmesse” meaning “All Saints’ Day”). In addition, the night before the festivity-originally the night of Samhain-began to be called “All-hallows Eve,” which eventually evolved into the moniker we know today: Halloween. Following this time period (around A.D. 1000) the Catholic Church also went on to title November 2nd as “All Souls’ Day,” which paid homage to the memory of the dead. Celebrated in a manner similar to the Celt’s Samhain, the memorial festival included the lighting of large bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes such as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.”

By the 1800’s Halloween had morphed into a community event.  It was , and is, about food, costumes, and parties.  It has become a secular event predominantly geared towards children.  This is a day about imagination and entertainment.

Slapping a new name on the day is not a victory for Christ (IMHO).  If you want to limit the spooky and frightening side that is totally understandable.  I get that.  I don’t understand demonizing (pun intended) a day of dress-up when there are many true evils in this world that the church could stand to focus on.

I’m a 26-year-old Christian woman and I still get excited at the idea of costumes and candy.  If it saddens me to think of taking that away think of what it will do to the children. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

Next year I'll wear a white shirt and go as a Jesus Weener. wait... Who thought up this name?

Zombie Wonder Woman!

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