Whenever I asked my mum to go trick or treating for Halloween she would say ‘Hallo-kini‘ which means ‘Hallo- what‘ in Yoruba. Now to my mum who was born and raised in Nigeria the concept of Halloween and celebrating something that focuses on witches, wizards and other dark things was and still is absurd.
Halloween has a lot of dark connotations, we think witchcraft, spells, ghosts and ghouls. Things that as Christians we overtly are against.
Now, I am not here to slay Halloween, because I do not know the origins of it and neither am I really interested to be honest. But like Halloween, there are many things in life, I don’t know the origins of or fully agree with but still find myself engaged in and sometimes celebrating.
Is this bad? Not necessarily. Are these things evil or against God? Nope, not necessarily.
What is against God is when these things take number 1 priority. Especially as He commands us not to:
have any God besides Him
Many of these things start of as healthy desires and aspirations but can slowly and subtly evolve into mini idols and end up being things hallowed; revered, worshiped and held in high esteem.
Some of my past and present idols are:
- my career
- certain relationships
- material things like clothes, shoes, bags
And I could go on…
These things have at one point taken precedence over God. I don’t think I’ve ever intentionally set out to place these things above God. But sometimes they consume my thoughts, actions and days thus becoming mini-gods.
Many of us do not celebrate Halloween because we associate it with things that are ‘anti-Christ’. The truth is, in our lives we celebrate and exalt many things that we shouldn’t which is actually a form of idol worshipping and is ‘anti-Christ’.
On the this Hallows eve I encourage you to think back to all the things that you have placed above God.
The things that you have made number 1 in your life that has nothing or very little to do with God or His Kingdom.
This could be anything, even ‘good things’ such as your family, ministry, relationships, personal goals and achievements.
Ideally, everything should be under God in your life. But it’s really easy for this not to be the case. Our focus can shift and priorities subconsciously rejigged. Which can be a problem.
One day to the penultimate month of the year and I’m about to take stock of these idols, dark thoughts and ungodly desires so they can be dashed and dethroned.
So The One who owns my life and destiny can sit comfortably in that esteemed positon in my heart and life.
Happy Hallows Eve (A Godly one)
In truth and with love