This Halloween, I’m doing something a little different.
Fall is already here. The leaves have already changed their colors. I’ve got pumpkins. (And I’ve already skipped a season ahead and started thinking about Christmas, but that’s something for a different day.) Whether or not I will wear a costume, is yet to be decided (something lazy and easily put together is most likely).
But when it comes to Trick-or-Treat, I’ve put together a slightly different game plan.
In addition to the typical candy that the kids beg for, I’ve decided to add Bible tracts to the evening’s treats.
If you’re thinking I’m a religious nut who’s off her rocker, you can put that idea aside.
If you’re a Christian who thinks that Halloween and the Bible don’t go together, stick with me for a minute. There are some reasons that, if you love the Gospel, you might see how I came to decide that I’m passing out Bible tracts this Halloween.
The World Is Getting Darker
I’m not talking about a solar minimum or global warming or some scientific weather phenomenon. If you watch the world news or the local news, it can seem that the world is getting darker. Maybe not from last night’s news compared to this evening’s, but major events can give you pause and wonder what kind of world this is. This decade compared to one or two decades ago – generally speaking, more darkness. More evil. School shootings, workplace shootings, the erosion of the family unit. Drug addiction has gripped the poor and the wealthy alike on a massive scale. There is still much beauty, peace, and cause for joy in the world, and the light of Christ and the truth of the Bible is still desperately needed in the world. God is love, and those of us that love the Lord and believe in Him know that his Love transcends racial division, economic lines, and all the other problems we may see on TV.
I am the Church
I’m not a religious fanatic, and I don’t attend a church. That’s right. I’m passing out Bible tracts on Halloween, but I do not attend church services or belong to a local church. But, as God’s own, as Jesus’ own, I’m bought and paid for with a price. I am His, He is mine. I am the church. I don’t need anyone’s authority to tell others about the Lord; it’s mine. The same goes for you if you love the Lord. While you might be a bold person who can start a conversation about Jesus in any time, at any place, that’s not my personality. Passing out Bible tracts on Halloween is my way of evangelizing in a way that lets people throw out the message if they want no part of it, or they can choose to read it if they want. They can read it in secret and trash it if they’re offended. The message is there for kids and adults alike.
A Bible Tract May Be Someone’s Only Chance to Hear the True Gospel
In America, feel-good religion is very common and popular. Pay the TV evangelist for a blessing, or pay your pledge to the church and God will bless you. Telling the simple truth that Jesus is the only way – and the free gift to salvation – this doesn’t get told all that often. Prosperity Christianity is becoming more common, with pastors saying what people want to hear, rather than encouraging people to get the Bible and read for themselves what God has to say. And for children in particular, public schools have shown God the door long ago, and being the gentleman that He is, He stepped aside. A Bible tract can give kids and adults the opportunity to have the gospel presented to them in an easy way when a church or a Christian friend is not a possibility.
So, this Halloween, I can’t wait to see how the kids in my neighborhood have chosen to dress up. In the costumes of Superman, princesses, monsters, ghouls, goblins, Disney characters, and all the rest, kids will get their candy, and the adults chaperoning them will find in their trick-or-treat bags a Bible tract that is kid-appropriate. It will stress that God’s gift of salvation is free, open to all, and ready for the taking. Just like the Halloween candy they’ve been collecting all night.
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