â€œNeither give place to the devil.â€ (Ephesians 4:27)
Halloween has long been claimed as the high, holy day of Satan worship. This is the day when witches and warlocks gather to praise their leader and extend his work on Earth. Festivities are marked by unprecedented evil and blasphemy, with blood sacrifices and hedonistic practices playing prominent parts.
To far too great an extent, Christian families participate in the same, with children (and parents, too) dressing up as demons, ghosts, skeletons, wizards, etc. We can only surmise how much pleasure Satan derives from this deception.
Satan, we must remember, is the â€œadversary . . . [who], as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devourâ€ (1 Peter 5:8), and many times he disguises himself as â€œan angel of lightâ€ (2 Corinthians 11:14). We are to â€œresist [him] stedfast in the faithâ€ (1 Peter 5:9), for, â€œresist the devil, and he will flee from youâ€ (James 4:7).
Although Satan is acknowledged to be â€œthe prince of this worldâ€ (John 14:30), his doom is sure. â€œThe God of peace shall bruise [literally crush] Satan under your feet shortlyâ€ (Romans 16:20). He will be â€œcast into the lake of fire and brimstone . . . and shall be tormented day and night for ever and everâ€ (Revelation 20:10).
Until the realization of that ultimate victory is gained, our mission on Earth is to â€œturn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto Godâ€ (Acts 26:18).
Accordingly, let us strive to see that his harmful influence is thwarted on this, his special day. The children of each community need protection from the evil influences boldly swarming this night. May we, ourselves, not fall prey to his dark deceptions, and especially in the lives of our children, may we focus their attention on the Light, instead. JDM