Halloween: The Best Day of the Year for Evangelism

ajThe following guest post is adapted with permission from previous content written by my friend AJ Rinaldi. He currently serves as Ministry Director at EvanTell and is a graduate of Belmont University and Dallas Theological Seminary. AJ has served in church ministry as leader of several small groups, as well as teaching children, youth, and young adults.  

The average person probably doesn’t know very much about the origins of Halloween. Most people probably don’t even care anymore. However, as our society has become more and more callous to images of horror and demonic forces, many of the conservative Christian population has decided to “take a stand” and hold “alternatives” to Halloween; or simply ignore and dismiss it altogether.

It is understandable when believers are uncomfortable with the idea of participating in Halloween festivities. Sincerely, I would never want to push a brother or sister in Christ against their convictions (ref. Rom. 14, 1 Cor. 8).

Yet, while I do empathize and respect when Christians have a conviction about the holiday, my caution is to be careful not to put limits on God. Read more

An Introduction to this Week’s Halloween Series

halloween_jackolanternWhen I ask my friends (particularly evangelical Christians with seminary degrees) what their favorite holiday is, I almost always hear “Christmas” or “Thanksgiving.” But not so with my friend AJ Rinaldi. Halloween is his favorite day of the year!

This coming week we’ll take a brief look at Halloween from a practical and theological perspective on Monday through Thursday. Our next upcoming post will feature a guest blog by AJ on some of the reasons that make Halloween so special to him.

I do want to take a moment to acknowledge that I realize some Christians don’t celebrate Halloween for a variety of reasons and that’s okay. My goal is not to make all Christians participate in Halloween. There are valid reasons some families choose not to celebrate various holidays. I do hope to show, though, that celebrating Halloween doesn’t make one a bad person and can be a great opportunity to minister to those around us.

I hope you’ll stick around for this fun-filled week of Halloween themed posts!