It's been a constant stream of news in the last couple of years; schools restricting the use of prayer because a small minority oppose it. Most recently it was the controversy over a football team in Texas running onto the field through a banner with a Bible verse. Can you imagine what damage that must have done to the sensitive minds of the students who took time to read it before it was torn in half by a sophomore lineman? For those of us, and there are many, who think introducing prayer and scripture into the public school systems of America are good things, we wonder what form of Christian free speech will be the next to fall. What about purely pagan rituals and practices, are they off limits simply because they aren't religious in nature? This brings me to my topic; Halloween. Halloween isn't religious? In fact most of the symbols and practices of October 31 are based on pagan religious rituals of Western Europe that pre-date the birth of Christ.
I am offended by the open practice of Halloween in public schools. There are tombstones, jack-o-lanterns, witches brooms, black cats.... well you get my drift. Symbols of this dark holiday are abundant from elementary thru high schools all over America. Not only are there representations of death and evil all over the classroom, but most kids will be allowed to dress in costume as well. Every year it seems the costumes get a little less scary and a little more risque.
So why is it that it's ok to promote Halloween but it's not ok to call it Easter or Christmas break anymore? Why is it ok to place skulls, tombstones and blood around small children while taking down crosses? Is it alright to act contrary to the few of us who are opposed to such symbolism?
I read in Ephesians 5:11 "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." It seems to be sufficient enough at the beginning of a ballgame to prevent prayer when there is only one parent that is against it . Is it because they threaten with lawsuits? Should those of us threaten legal action who are against Halloween in schools? I don't think so.
Why? I don't really think Halloween costumes or decorations are going to damage our children. Just because I have a personal conviction against celebrating Halloween doesn't mean that everyone else shares my convictions. I'm just asking for equal treatment. While some may assume I want the whole world to think like I do, I don't. I want people to think for themselves. I know a lot of Christians who disagree with me about Halloween. That's ok too. It's not a deal breaker with me. People who have faith in Christ are responsible for their own walk before the Lord. I have no right to dictate my personal convictions to another. And neither do those who choose not to have faith in God have the right to dicate where or when we pray. That goes for public or private prayers. If they can promote activities that glorify violence and death then we should be allowed to advance the practice of prayer to the One Who gives abundant and eternal life.