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This weekend we have one of the biggest celebrated holidays of the year. Halloween is deeply routed in the american culture and has been for a very long time. Many fathers and mothers will dress their sons and daughters in costumes and go trick or treating with them while the other parent stays home to hand out candy to their neighbors children as they come to there door.

Before they know it, their children will not need them to help with the costumes nor need (or want) their supervision while they practice these Halloween traditions.

Plea’s from much christian leadership are viewed as legalistic, stubborn, extremist, etc. The arguments from the christians are old, repetitive and at this point dull.

After all, why would we deprive the children of such fun and enjoyment? Especially when all there friends are doing it as well. Do you expect them to endure the emotional scars of being “left out”?

When these children grow up, and enter into a theoretical phase of life called adolescence, they will continue to celebrate this holiday, why would it be wrong now when it was not wrong in the past? They may even continue to celebrate into their adulthood.

And it is at this stage in life that I would like to focus on in the rest of the article. Halloween becomes a costume party for adolescents and adults. I saw a satirical article the other day about the adult costume options that are out there. There are many options for men and women, but the women’s costumes seem to have an underlying theme, that being of sexual exploitation. After reading the article I searched online for halloween costumes (literally typing those words into google.) When I clicked on the women’s section of all the sites I went to, I would say about 70-80% of the costumes for women contained either the word sexy, or foxy or sultry or some other word to that effect. Most of the other remaining costumes did not have these descriptive words, but were designed very with the same mind set. I even found 2 sensual costumes of a popular teenage character from a well known movie. When I clicked on the teenage women’s costumes, I was very surprised at how revealing those were as well (including a “frisky” costume.)

The depiction of women in the media is horrendous. I won’t pretend to know what its like to be a woman and be bombarded with images of what I’m expected to look like that only realistically represents less than 1% of the population, but I do know the pressure is huge. Women are treated as sexual objects all the time, but it seems especially so on Halloween. And the arguments to participate in such a way does not change from when they are a child. Why be deprived of such fun and enjoyment? All their friends are doing it as well? Do you expect them to endure the emotional scars of being left out?

The pressure for women to look this way is immense in our culture, and I see some feel the need to look like everybody else. I just want to encourage the men out there to let the women they know and love that we are disgusted by this aspect of our culture. That when we see women that reject and not conform to this, we find them more beautiful. Also, I want to encourage parents not to plant seeds of conformity this weekend. I feel that planting seeds on nonconformity will do so much more.

4 Responses to “Halloween: Laying the Foundations for a More Beautiful Daughter”

  1. on 02 Nov 2009 at 4:26 amJaco

    Smajda,

    I grew up in a country where Halloween has not been much part of its entertainment culture. And you are right, many a Christian group have expressed themselves against this festival. You wrote:

    Plea’s from much christian leadership are viewed as legalistic, stubborn, extremist, etc. The arguments from the christians are old, repetitive and at this point dull.

    After all, why would we deprive the children of such fun and enjoyment? Especially when all there friends are doing it as well. Do you expect them to endure the emotional scars of being “left out”?

    My question is, will it be fine then, to decorate your teenage daughter’s bedroom ceiling with the beautiful images of the zodiac? I mean really, (following your argument) many of their friends are interested, even obsessed with astrology and the art that goes with it.

    Have you bought your teenage son a computer game where casting spells, deciphering runescript and summoning all kinds of fantastic spirits are the whole imaginitive purpose of the game? I mean, Smajda, all his friends have that game…they probably come together every other weekend to LAN, don’t they?

    Have you seen the stunning themes people come up with, decorating their living rooms with African masks, shaman rags and Buddha statues? Who wants to feel left out?

    You see, Smajda, and I say it in all respect, respecting another person’s conscience goes both ways. If celebrating a holiday drenched in demonism is innocent fun to you, that’s your decision, but don’t argue for it as you do in the section I quoted. Even though we are under the law of Christ, that does not permit us to be reckless even in matters of conscience or be indifferent toward spiritism. The aim is to keep the middle ground, so to speak.

    Would your children have remained faithful if they were in the position Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) were in? You see, feeling left out should not even be a factor in determining obedience or integrity to a Scriptural principle or even a conscience matter. Do you teach your children to stand for truth even if that means being left out? Integrity and faithfulness is an integral part of being a Christian – to conquer and not to compromise.

    I don’t like your article, and this is why:

    1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot be drinking the cup of Yahweh and the cup of demons; you cannot be partaking of the “table of Yahweh” and the table of demons.

    All those Halloween characters emerged from superstition, sadistic paganism and demonism; all in opposition to God. Had Satan not corrupted the human race the way he did, none of this would have existed and none of this will survive into the holy Kingdom of Jesus the Messiah.

    Sorry, but even under the Law of Christ one has to draw the line.

  2. on 02 Nov 2009 at 8:27 amVictor

    Jaco, perhaps you can read Smajda’s article again. Read the whole thing and you’ll see what his point is. You have completely mis-read this.

    In the section you quoted Smajda is speaking from the perspective of those who will argue FOR Christians participating in Halloween. He is speaking sarcastically as those who think not participating in Halloween will keep their kids from having a good time. He thinks this sort of reasoning is foolish – as he writes later on in the post,

    Also, I want to encourage parents not to plant seeds of conformity this weekend. I feel that planting seeds on nonconformity will do so much more.

    Please leave your comments after you’ve read the article again.

  3. on 02 Nov 2009 at 9:27 amJaco

    Victor, I see your point. The facetiousness was a bit subtle for my nut.

    I apologise for not getting the point and reacting accordingly. (Man, I was surprised).

    My apologies, indeed, friend. Smajda, I apologise for my mistaken understanding.

    Yours in Christ,

    Jaco

  4. on 02 Nov 2009 at 2:04 pmJohn Paul

    Jaco,
    This is “Smajda” here.
    Thank you for the retraction. It was quite clear that it was a misunderstanding. I think I agree with every single one of your points that you brought up, and I am called an extremist at times because of it. We are kindred spirits on this issue. I even abhor the pagan practices that we associate with celebrating the miraculous birth of our lord and savior, and those associated with his resurrection,
    …But thats for another thread.

    I decided to attack this issue from this angle because frankly, the portrayal of women in our society is something that has been on my heart lately and this is the season for this subject. I think its worth noting that there are many facets of this holiday that are evil, just in case for some christians the obvious pagan origins weren’t enough.

  

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