Putting on the Armor of Light

Last evening our church had the privilege of shining the the light of Christ on our street corner during the annual "trick or treat" night here in the city. It was a wonderful blessing to sing songs about Jesus Christ as many people paraded by. The children and several of the adults had the fun of handing out packets with a gospel cd, tracts, toy etc to the other children coming down the street.  Many people smiled and wave while the occasional person was reluctant to give us his "blessing".

One person suggested that we are ruining it for the children. As I thought about that I found myself asking this question, "so how where we ruining it for the children?"  Sure we were there singing, but up and down the streets of Altoona were others who had stereos outside playing their music, lots of it being heinous sounds of supposed tortured ghosts in chains. We weren't rebuking people, and even more, our faces weren't disguised by some frightening mast and so the children actually were seeing bright smiling faces! Some of the costumes that I saw going by were enough to strike fear in an adults heart, much less a child's heart! So, tell me, how where we ruining if for the children?  Well, we weren't meeting the status quo for the evening and by our actions we were rebuking the darkness of this world. You see, the prince of this world want us to just accept this holiday as normal when he knows that if he can just get us to enter into the celebrations he has another string around us in the web that he is weaving. But this is just a "thing for the children" many people say, buy I beg to disagree. Look around, are children the only ones who celebrate this holiday? No! the adults are very involved and a honest look at the costumes and Halloween parties reveal that this holiday is nothing more than an excuse to sin!  Here is an article to read where Brother Edwin Eby digs into the history of Halloween. 

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph 5:11).

“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1Thess 5:5).

in Christ,
Bryant Martin