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The Power of Symbols

Halloween is upon us and with it comes all the articles and blogs about how Christians should or should not celebrate it. Seriously, there are so many of them it’s ridiculous. You’ll see arguments raging in the comment sections telling authors they are false teachers and are going to hell for saying it’s OK to participate in Halloween and others saying Christians are too serious and need to calm down if the article is anti-Halloween. It’s just a hot mess of anger and division. But I won’t directly refer to those. What I want to talk about is the power of symbols and what the source of that power is.

We use symbols in everything. Whether it’s the little green man flashing on crosswalks or the McDonald’s logo, there are many symbols we recognize for the things they supposedly represent. Let’s take this symbol for example:

The Power of Symbols

Well, look at that. It’s a cross. Symbol of Christians everywhere. It represents the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us, his love, and hope. That’s awesome! But before his crucifixion it was a symbol meant to represent only pain, death, and the greatest suffering that one person could inflict upon another. That’s…less awesome. Moving on, what about this symbol:

The Power of Symbols

Hey, that’s pretty easy to recognize. It’s a peace sign. People see it and think of peace, love, ending war, the 60’s, and people with long hair and goofy glasses. You’ll see it painted on people’s faces, stitched onto handbags, or made into pretty earrings. It’s everywhere and no one has a problem with it. Maybe if they knew the history of it they wouldn’t like it so much.

It’s actually called the Nero’s Cross. It showed up in the Roman empire while Nero was in charge. It represents a broken cross. It’s an anti-Christian symbol, showing Nero’s derision and hatred of Christians everywhere and his desire to suppress the spread of Christianity. Well that’s…not cool. I guess anyone who’s a Christian should not be promoting the use of this symbol?

Let’s come back to Halloween. It started as ‘All Hallows Eve’ literally ‘all holy evening’. A combination of Christians remembering dead saints and a pagan holiday to take away power and meaning and importance from their festivities. Today Halloween means different things to different people. For most it’s a day where people dress up and go to parties, kids walk around getting candy from their neighbors, and people sit at home and watch scary movies. For a few people it’s still a pagan holiday celebrating the end of summer. For some it’s the devil’s holiday, celebrating his power on earth.

Unfortunately, it seems like Christians are the ones that believe it’s the devil’s day.

I’m spending this Halloween in India. They don’t celebrate Halloween, but have another holiday where they give thanks to Hindu gods and goddesses. So it’s actual demon worship all around me, but I don’t care. It has no power in my life, so why worry? If I’m not worried about a billion people actively worshiping demons all around me why are you worried about possible evil influence from a few Jack O’ Lanterns and cardboard cutouts of skeletons?

If you don’t like Halloween, then don’t celebrate it. It’s fine, I understand. If you want to let your kids dress up as Tinkerbell and Jack Sparrow and go collect candy at people’s house, that’s also fine. Keep an eye on them, watch out for cars, and have fun. Halloween is not some insidious holiday glorifying the devil. It’s just a day, like any other day. It only has the power and influence that you allow it to have. Christians created the holiday, so why are you afraid of it?

Why are you afraid of anything?

The Power of Symbols

Halloween comes and goes with little incident or problems every year. Enjoy the candy and pumpkin spice…well everything and have fun.

About Luke Geldmacher

I grew living on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Currently, I live in a 40 acre farm in Cookville, TX. I sometime write about life issues, but my passion is sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.

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