Now that it is almost over I suppose I can admit it, after all it’s hardly a secret.

I am one of those pastor’s that hates Halloween. I view it as a celebration of everything evil. I don’t think this opinion is old fashioned nor do I think it moralistic to discourage association with or celebration of evil. I realize that many of the evils represented in popular references to Halloween are fictional, but evil itself is not fictional.

That is the bottom line as far as I can see. Good and evil do exist. We should not expect to represent good or to speak on behalf of God, while enjoying an annual celebration of evil


Relational God

Perhaps the most basic point of theology is the question of whether or not God exists. For many people the concept of God is illogical. They would have expected the world to look different when a holy God was the source. This expectation leads them to count every evil on earth—every war, every disease, and every hungry child as evidence that God couldn’t exist.

But as far as I can see these things are perfectly consistent with God’s existence and His nature.

One often overlooked aspect of God’s character is, He is relational. He created everything for the purpose of being in relationship with humanity, the crown of His creation.

Do you remember having a Barbie or GI Joe as a kid? How good was the relationship? Did you find deep meaningful friendship with these toys?  Of course not. In order to have a real friendship, a meaningful relationship, the other party in the relationship must also be a being of free will. Love doesn’t mean a thing unless it is freely given.

I assert, from God’s perspective, giving His creation moral free agency is the righteous choice compared to withholding this highest gift from us. He knows we who have free moral agency will choose sin. Humanity will create horrific hurts on our planet, but that’s our free moral agency at work.

If we assume God is responsible for sin as Creator, we are ignoring what free moral agency is. If we blame Him for giving us the choice, we are pretending we would be better off as automatons, without free will.

Freedom does lead to bad choices and all the pitfalls of a fallen world, but we are responsible for those failures, not God. If God had not given us the opportunity to choose wrong, He would have also been withholding the opportunity to choose right.

Since the purpose of creation was to fulfill God’s relational nature; this world looks exactly like what I would expect.