I know I should have probably shared a post about Thanksgiving but then I found this one a bit intriguing. Here’s an excerpt for you to bite your teeth on and then follow the link for the full story
“Halloween is all about darkness and ugliness.” But Christians who say this confuse aesthetics with morality.
It’s an annual must-read. The CliffsNotes version is that Halloween is not some vestige of ancient paganism or even a Christian subversion of demonic shenanigans (as a lot of Christian writers have claimed over the years). The truth is actually pretty boring. Halloween as we know it is little more than a 20th century invention designed to sell stuff.
After I posted Wedgeworth’s piece, some friends of mine raised the somewhat different objection that no matter what the origin of Halloween, it’s still “dark,” which violates 1 Corinthians 6:14-18.
“Witches, ghosts, demons, and death–” remarked one friend–“why would I want anything to do with it?”
It’s a common question, so let me take a stab at answering it.
First, “darkness” in such criticisms is ill-defined. What does it mean, exactly? I’m inclined to think from the context that my friends and many others who use the word this way mean something like “menacing,” “fearful,” or “sinister.” Perhaps their intended meaning is just “ugly.” Halloween can be ugly, certainly. I don’t know anyone who would be flattered if you told them they had a smile like a jack-o’-lantern, or a zombie-like complexion. But what’s wrong with ugliness, if used in the right way?
I know people who don’t watch or read The Lord of the Rings because it has too much “darkness” and “ugliness” in it. They don’t like the look of orcs and Nazgul, and think these baddies must have something to do with Satan. Well, they do. That’s the point! Tolkien’s story is rooted in a mytho-poetic battle between good and evil—one that makes it clear we each have varying amounts of both in us. And by placing appearances over storytelling, critics who balk at “darkness” or “ugliness” miss out on the best Christian fantasy of the 20th century, among many other wholesome, worldview-shaping works of art.
Christians who object to Halloween often confuse aesthetics with morality.
This is why I think that Christians who object to Halloween often confuse aesthetics with morality. It looks evil, therefore it actually be evil. There’s no way to redeem the spooky or the dark. Contra Frodo, they think that if it looks foul, it must really be foul, and if it looks fair, it must really be fair.
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Purposely Unchained takes the reader on an enthralling roller coaster journey with the author as the Holy Spirit helps her little-faith grow into great-faith. It began with The Call by the Father to start a new life. From there, her life fell into the deepest of valleys of personal trials and demonic challenges. On the final approach back to safety, she was able to clearly see the mountain top of triumph.
Designed for the millions of women who formerly grew up without knowledge of God, and yet now fill the pews of churches around the world, Purposely Unchained humorously and yet biblically addresses the age-old issue of persecution that derails the faith of many Christians.
Purposely Unchained shares a guaranteed battle plan that will strengthen the woman of God in her walk of Faith, while also demonstrating how to gain victory over ungodly strongholds. This book shares a life-assisting plan of action in which the perpetual promise and power of God’s word is demonstrated several failsafe steps. It brings the biblical promise of victory off of the pages of the Bible and into the lives of today’s woman of God to let her know that yes, she can be free.
Join us for the conversation with our returning guest co-host Muriel Gladney. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/11059089.
Last month, we began our series on the Adulteress Principality, Join us for part 2 with Rebecca Bruner.
She is everything a woman wants to be — glorious, beautiful, and vivacious. All men want her. She is captivating, exciting, and desirable that men can not help but succumb to her charms.
Hiding among the pages of a magazine, pictured on the billboard of the freeway, or clicked on by a mouse, the Adulteress Principality exists only to destroy the first relationship God created: marriage.
The Adulteress Principality has existed for eons, changing shape and form. She has been a woman of ample proportions. She has been a woman of slim proportions. She changes with changing dictates of the culture and what unattainable beauty demands we place upon ourselves. With silken words, she reaches out and embrace we women with words of cunning. “You do not look, act, or talk like me. I will take him from you and there’s nothing you can do.” To the men, she whispers sweet-honeyed words, “Stolen water is sweet.” With such words she entices the men to her canopied bed. Under the auspices of pleasure, she latches chains of bondage meant to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
The Adulteress Principality is not the ‘other woman’ who make take on her guise. She is a spirit who seeks to destroy not just marriages, but self-esteem, virility, and more.
Join me as I chat with my returning co-host Rebecca Bruner as we continue to discuss the Adulteress Principality. You can call in at our new number 929-477-1965, press 1 to be live on air.
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Mallet Thorne is in trouble, big trouble. All because he listened to a gypsy fortune-teller and not his own heart. He just wanted to make right the pain his brother, outlaw Mace Thorne, caused in Silverpines. So at the advice of the Gypsy he answers an advertisement for a groom. He has every intention of becoming the husband and father to a widow and her children even though he is unsure if he would be a good father and husband. That is until he sees the most beautiful woman ever. He’s drawn to the beauty even as he sees the distrust in her eyes.
Catrina Rosenmeyer hears the name of the newest man in Silverpines and is overcome with fear. Long ago a gypsy fortune-teller warned her to beware the thorn and she’s convince Mallet is who she meant. All she wants is to stay hidden and grieve for her sister. So why is she drawn to the handsome Thorne like a moth to flame?
Can the two of them follow the gypsy’s advice or will the mutual attraction they feel overwhelm their fears and obligations? Will Mallet marry the widow or follow his heart to the beautiful Catrina? Will Catrina put aside fear and seek to build a foundation with the stonemason?
1 Peter 3: 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.
I had reached out to an author of friend of mine earlier last week. I wanted to gift her a book and needed her email address. After a quick banter back and forth, I asked her how she was doing. She said, “I’m getting ready for my son’s chemo treatment. It starts today.”
She is just one of the many authors in the past week seeking answers from the Lord. She is looking for a miracle. Another author friend is looking for a house so she can live without having serious detriment to her health. As I posted informaton about this show, more and more authors began to ask for prayer requests. Not just about writing. Health, finances, ministry, relationships, community, and so much more. My mother quotes a saying my old pastor used to say: “Prayer is the order of the day.” As child, I didn’t understand what it meant but as I type these words I get it.
My author friends and colleagues are hurting in so many ways. In this special episode of the Write Stuff, we are going to focus on your prayers and we will be praying for you. You can call in your prayer request at 646-668-8485, and press 1 to be live on air. Download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/11049169.