I knew a few people in seminary who enrolled in certain classes just so they could argue. I’m not entirely sure whether they were there to learn or take perverse pleasure in vocally disagreeing with their professors over various points of theology. In any case, they would share the stories of their “battles” proudly, as if they had achieved some great victory over the forces of darkness.
Unlikely. More probably they just annoyed their professors and classmates both. I have little patience for this kind of approach to education, theology, and/or the Christian life, and don’t appreciate the self-inflicted wounds of an intentional martyr. Arguing about minutiae and picking fights is not in the best interests of the Church. Being contrary without good cause is, well, dumb.
This brings me to Jesusween:
JesusWeen is a non profit organization also known as JesusWin. We are focused on helping people live better lives through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. JesusWeen is a God-given vision which was born as an answer to the cry of many every October 31st. The dictionary meaning of Ween is to expect, believe or think. We therefore see October 31st as a day to expect a gift of salvation and re-think receiving Jesus.
Every year, the world and its system have a day set aside (October 31st) to celebrate ungodly images and evil characters while Christians all over the world participate, hide or just stay quiet on Halloween day. Being a day that is widely acceptable to solicit and knock on doors, God inspired us to encourage Christians to use this day as an opportunity to spread the gospel. The days of hiding are over and we choose to take a stand for Jesus. “Evil prevails when good people do nothing”. JesusWeen is expected to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever and that is why we also call it” World Evangelism Day”.
Now, I have nothing against evangelism. I am a proud Pentecostal and consider it God’s call on our lives to be ready to share His love and salvation. In some sense I understand and have sympathy with the ideals of Jesusween.
But really? On Halloween? The non-Christian world already thinks that we hate them in the name of God, and now we’re tacitly attacking a day when their little kids get dressed up and visit their community while neighbors share candy and laughs. To be sure, there are undeniable pagan origins to the holiday, but the same could be said of Easter or Christmas. While some choose to use the day as an excuse to disgust or titillate, for many children and families it is a happy one. Attacking it is at least as bad as signing up for a course just to argue with the professor. If we make the effort to judge the holiday so harshly and publicly it will indeed be much worse.
In the words of the “Jesusween” website, “Christians all over the world participate, hide or just stay quiet on Halloween day.” Hide? Really? For spiritual reasons, or are they just too cheap to give out candy? (that’s my excuse, but I think Jesusween is causing me to reconsider).
Friends, I think we’re picking a fight where none ought to exist. If Christmas and Easter can be co-opted and corrupted by secular and consumer culture, this day can be co-opted for God. Halloween is a pagan holiday, yes. But it can be redeemed…not by turning it into a bold and brassy Jehovah’s Witness style evangelism invasion, but by showing love to our neighbors and participating in one of the few community events available in our suburban individualism. So fill that bowl with candy, not tracts. Dress up like a princess or a cowboy. Go out there and be in the world to which Christ has called you. Do so as a Christian men and women, but not as pushy salesmen who couldn’t have picked a worse evening.
And please…let’s just all calm down and call it HALLOWEEN. That’s its name–not some ridiculous made up half-name that will likely serve to bring only reproach and ridicule on the name of Christ.