The Supernatural

Saturday, October 31, 2009

One of my neighbors down the street has spent the last two weeks building an elaborate pirate ship in his front yard for Halloween. He has been sawing and hammering until midnight, feverishly trying to get his project done in time for tonight. It's pretty spectacular and it must have cost him quite a bit in lumber. It has skeleton pirates on it with strobe lights and fog machines. I have been scratching my head wondering why a guy would go to such great lengths for such a silly holiday. Then it hit me. To our culture Halloween is not just a silly holiday. It's a chance to connect with the supernatural in a safe, fun way. People are hungry to connect with something bigger, more powerful and higher than they are.

That got me thinking. What if the Church, instead of laying low and lashing out against such a heathen holiday, what if she took advantage of such a huge opportunity and made an effort to present the God of the supernatural to them? We don't even have to go to them because on this day they will be coming to our doors with open arms and bags. What if we dared to dream and pray that when they knock on our door and we give them candy that somehow the supernatural presence and power of the living God would be manifested through us? I suspect that they will know when they see the real thing. That's what they are looking for in all of this hype. We don't have to be weird, just authentic.

Happy Halloween!


Anonymous said...

Right on my man!

Anonymous said...

You make an excellent point David, about something I've been restless about for the last several days. Can we really redeem this holiday? Maybe. I'd be interested in hearing some concrete ideas on just how to do what you've suggested.

My question the last few days has been this, "Is the Church really offering an alternative to this unholy holiday with our harvest parties, etc., or are we just contributing to the dumbing down of the Church." Maybe our parties are just perpetuating the continuation of a "less scary" (watered down) way to celebrate Halloween. But, at what point are we dabbling in the wrong spiritual climate? I can just hear the justifications now, "Well, when I was a child we went to a party at church and it seemed okay then."

Now, with your suggestion, I can actually see a decent approach. But how do we do that? How do we "somehow (present) the supernatural presence and power of the living God" that dwells within us because of Christ in the 3.5 seconds that the average candy & supernatural seeking child would allow at our door?

Any ideas anyone? I mean, we really could be onto something here (and I'm not talking scripture cookies or test-a-mints--let's not commercialize it).

New Songs of Praise said...

I don't think it can be accomplished on 1 day out of the year. We have to spend the 364 days leading up to it to show our neighbors that the supernatural is real, relevant and necessary for their daily lives. We show them this by being authentic people that have problems and struggles just like they do but we have a connection with the supernatural that gives us power to overcome the darkness of this world. If we can truly live like that then they will want to come knocking on our door, and not just on night out of the year.

Thanks for your comments.

Anonymous said...

Wikipedia has informed me that Halloween literally means "holy evening" also known as All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve.

But I broke down the word in the dictionary,

Hallo means "used to call or answer someone, to call with a loud voice; shout; cry"

Ween means "to expect, hope, or intend."

intend means " to have a purpose or design"

So If I where to combined it all, i might get something like.

"To call with a loud voice to expect hope to have a purpose with a design"

"To answer the call with a loud voice to expect hope's design to have a purpose"

"To Cry for hope"

"To call for hope's purpose"

How ever you want to mix it up, i think you get the point

So is the holiday redeemable? answer this, do you want to take back what was ours from the start?

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New Songs of Praise said...

Thank you for your comment sos:1910. Unfortunately too many Christians believe that this originated as a pagan celebration when in fact it has everything to do with the harvest, not the devil. Paganism has hijacked it like it has may other things. It is also believed by many Christians that Christmas originated as a pagan holiday which just isn't true though I'm sure I will have many try to convince me otherwise. I think there is much to be redeemed by seizing a golden opportunity to put more than just candy into the hands of people who are already in the mood for receiving. If some want to say that the Church is caving in to secularism then so be it but I would rather risk capitalizing on the opportunity to touch people in a positive way for once. We can either invest what we have been given or hide it in the ground. Either way, we will have much to answer for.

Anonymous said...

Amen bro, blast them with the real deal. Holy Spirit power!! NOTHING OR NO ONE will ever take God's glory even on a day like this!! JESUS YOURE THE BEST!!

sjebersole said...

Right David, what good is it one day a year if it isn't backed up by the rest. And, we may not have the opportunity even that one day a year, if we don't live it the rest. Not the real opportunity we are looking for at least. I want to "live it" so that whenever God picks a day (or 3.5 seconds) for an opportunity, He can choose me to deliver His supernatural power.

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