Putting Fear In Its Place
Halloween is a funny time of year. We celebrate things that frighten us, most of which are entirely made up (monsters, for example), and everyone seems to enjoy it! I’m sure all this “fear” stuff can be taken in an unhealthy and even sinful direction – as many movies and seasonal Halloween stores prove – but when it’s kept at a PG level, I enjoy Halloween traditions too. And if your experience is like mine, Halloween has always been celebrated at a family-friendly, even kid-friendly level, which makes the season a fun one that I believe Christians can enjoy in good conscience before God. I suppose the key is to keep all the fear stuff at an appropriate level.
And maybe there’s a faith lesson in there also, in keeping fear at an appropriate level. What is an “appropriate” level of fear in the life of God’s people?
Well, when you read through your Bible, you will run across several events that tell us about fear, some of which could even make for a good Halloween story: