Halloween and the Spectrum of Evangelical Identity

Picking up on the old definition “An evangelical is a fundamentalist who likes Billy Graham,” Russell D. Moore, the Dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, used a tongue-in-cheek approach to classify evangelicals based on their position with respect to Halloween.  This is in an article published today in The Christian Post.  But on a deeper level, this comical analysis reveals a lot of truth about how evangelicals are divided on the issue.  My comments are in parenthesis.  I welcome your comments to each class listed below!  Enjoy!

1. An evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for Halloween. (This is unfortunately a majority of so-called american “evangelicals”)

2. A conservative evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for the church’s “Fall Festival.” (With the stipulation that… it’s no longer dressing up for “Halloween”)

3. A confessional evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up as [Calvin] and [Luther] for “Reformation Day.” (Reformation Day celebration begins on Halloween… Now, we’re getting closer to real Calvinistic fundamentalism 🙂 )

4. A revivalist evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up as demons and angels for the church’s Judgment House community evangelism outreach. (Heaven vs Hell theater drama…?)

5. An Emerging Church evangelical is a fundamentalist who has no kids, but who dresses up for Halloween anyway. (Isn’t an Emerging fundamentalist an oxymoron? 🙂 )

6. A [real evangelical] fundamentalist is a fundamentalist whose kids hand out gospel tracts to all those mentioned above.

10 comments on “Halloween and the Spectrum of Evangelical Identity

  1. Any Christian who has the slightest desire to celebrate anything to do with the devil, demons and darkness doesn’t fully understand the influence and power Satan and his cohorts can have on people who open the door to him, even ever so slightly.

  2. I think a lot of Romanian people are misinformed about the dangers and more importantly of the existence of the occultic right in our own backyards (neighborhoods). Nowadays, you have to make it a point to be knowledgeable about these things and teach your children to protect themselves. One year when our kids were in the primary grades, someone brought their mom’s ouija board to school and started using it on other kids. When the kids came home and told us and we looked it up to see what it is and how it works, we were horrified and told them to stay far away form it and the kid who used it and to let the teachers know about it.

    And it’s not just Romanians who are unawares, I had a person leave a comment on my blog recently, warning people to stay away from anything New Age because it opens people up to demons and spirits- even mental exercises to improve mind function that use chants or meditation as a form of clearing out your mind and emptying it are a precursor to evil spirits. Sadly, some schools are even promoting some of these meditation and yoga techniques without the parent’s knowledge.

    There are many occultic businesses, especially in the big cities and even in everyone’s favorite store Whole Foods you can find herbs that are used for wiccan brews to cast spells. Bookstores have it’s own section of books on the occult. I visit the bookstores a lot and since the occultic/New Age books are usually shelved by the religious books section, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen young people browsing through these books out of curiosity. Kids hear things and then they investigate. And, they may not always run everything by us as parents.

    So, as parents we cannot bury our proverbial heads in the sand anymore. School teachers used to help parents by teaching kids to stay away from such practices and backing parents up with moral teaching. Not anymore. We must pray and entrust our kids to God’s care and providence, but we must also warn them of the dangers. But, if we don’t know of the dangers, how can we then warn them?

    PS I wonder why most evangelical christians don’t celebrate Reformation Day, by taking some time to learn about how God used those men of the reformation to take the bible and put it into our own hands. We don’t believe in coincidences 🙂 so isn’t it interesting that this happened on the same day of the year that Halloween celebrates the dark side?

    • Excellent points Rodi. I had to look up ouija, it’s seriously occult stuff and spiritism. We must educate our kids about these things for sure. And also encourage them that sorcery, witchcraft, spells and such cannot have power over the children of God who inherently reject such things… Now, with respect to those who do not belong to God and take part in these practices, that’s a different story. But for us, we must stay away from the occult and remember that nothing can take us away from His love.

  3. I am a year late in commenting, but nearly at the right time again for 2013. The serious comments notwithstanding (they were all great), I have but one comment…

    Hee hee. That was really funny. I am still chuckling to myself 🙂

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