For some of you reading this, you already know what I am about to say and affirm the truth of it, but some, shockingly, will think it is over reactive. I say ‘shocking’ because the church has adopted many worldly values, to the point where a Christian will go to the theater and watch a horror movie and churches will host Halloween parties. Paul says to the Thessalonian church, “for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;” (1 Thessalonians 5:5 NASB). As believers in Christ Jesus, we should NOT be celebrating darkness. God is light, he dwells in unapproachable light. You won’t find any darkness in heaven! As our culture becomes more and more dark and evil we should be shining as lights, not blurring the lines as much as possible.
I encourage you to examine ALL of the entertainment that you enjoy. Movies that are designed to create irrational fears and glorify witchcraft and demonic practices do not promote godliness or emotional health. A verse that has helped me guard my heart about entertainment is Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” When you watch a movie, you dwell upon, or meditate on a particular subject for an hour and a half, and if you’re anything like me you think about the plot and the characters after the fact. Paul tells us to dwell upon things that are ‘lovely’. I have yet to find anything lovely about Halloween. Thinking about this very unpopular topic I have been challenging myself about many of the things that I watch and I have had to make a choice to stop watching certain things which don’t fit with Philippians 4:8. I encourage you to do this too.
Although we live in this world, we don’t belong here. That’s why Paul challenges us to “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2). Your mind is very important to God. It has the ability to cause you to lose your grip on what’s real and what isn’t real, it can be tricked into fearing ANYTHING. We need to guard our minds from evil and dark things. We are citizens of a place which has very different values than that of western culture, and we have died to the things of this world and are living in the expectation of the next.
“…hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21