Tonight I was given the privilege to address Kenwood’s college ministry. My topic? “The Grave Matters.” Yes, it is supposed to have a double meaning: The grave matters—it is important to think about death and the implications of death—AND at the same time these are the grave matters—meaning they are very serious. I have posted my outline here.
As I was preparing, I was reminded of a blog post that I read a couple of years back by Doug Wilson. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought it timely to link to the blog post here and to quote it briefly below. Do read the article—I think it is important for Christians to think long and hard before we swallow hook-line-and-sinker the world’s rituals.
Horror is a feeble attempt at catharsis. A sinner, one who deserves to die, goes into a theater, and a couple hours later comes out of the theater again — alive. There has been judgment, there has been blood, there has been justice, after a fashion. The spectator has put his ten bucks down for the privilege of laying his hands on the goat before it is slaughtered up there on the screen. The same goes for some creeptastic haunted house event. You go there, get yourself whipped up as though you were going to die in that place, somebody else dies instead, and out you come again. Resurrection has never been so easy.
So now for the perennial question: is Halloween a holiday that can be redeemed by Christian celebration—and I DO mean Christian celebration that looks DIFFERENTLY from the world—or is it a holiday that is too far gone, too un-hallowed to turn holy again? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!