Thursday, October 31, 2013

redeeming this day

Halloween is one of the most controversial holidays for Christians.  I’ve heard all kinds of thoughts, teaching and conviction surrounding this day.  This is not intended to give you the history behind the day or my theology on the evils of the world, the Devil or of this holiday.

What I want to ask is that think about using our time and our influence to help others meet God along the journey we are on.  Some people will say that we are naïve or weak because we don’t denounce Halloween.  I believe that we need to redeem the things that God puts in front of us.  That includes material possession, occasions, people and so much more.

Today is one of those days that needs to be redeemed.  Don’t stick your head in the sand and just wait for it to go away.  Meet people where they are and with the love of God and kindness win the right to talk to people about Jesus.  Jesus changes people.  We don’t change people.  For too long the world around Christians and the church have been bombarded with what the church is against.  We can let people know what the church is for. 

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

We partner with our local TV station, BTW21, to put on an event for kids and their families every Halloween.  Last year over 1,500 kids came through our parking, and we are doing that again tonight.  There will be free hot dogs and popcorn, inflatables, a climbing wall, police cars, ambulances, fire trucks and more.  Pass the word if you live in our area.

As our people interact with those who come our way I pray that conversations will happen that will be about Jesus.  I pray that people will open up to checkout our church.  It takes lots of people to make this event happen, and it is a blessing to serve the people in our community.

Take some time today to interact with people.  May the kindness of God flow through us today.

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

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