It's time for the annual Halloween Debate!

I bumped old Halloween posts from years past to save myself having to say, "If you are dressing up, and having a party on or around Halloween then you are celebrating Halloween, regardless of whether you call it that or not."

What I want to talk about is people who hand out tracts, or put signs or their doors about Jesus.

First, let me get this out of the way, if you hand out a Jesus Loves You tract, or a prayer, or something and ALSO give candy - you are the bomb! Excellent.

But if you spend your night disappointing your neighbors and making them feel like they aren't Christian enough, they are the wrong brand of Christian, or telling them they are participating in some demonic festival (which only shows your ignorance) then you are giving the rest of us a really bad name.

First if you hand out those things, be sure you go around and pick them up from your neighbors yards the next morning.

Second, if you do this, you are SO participating in Halloween. It's why there are tricks and treats. You are just handing out tricks. Like, HA! thought you were getting candy but no, I'm going to beat you over the head with my Bible instead. That is a trick friend ;)

Last, if you do this, allow me tell you how offensive it is to those of us enjoying a state and locally recognized holiday sanctioned by our towns. You are no different than that crazy street preacher we met at the Alamo one year beating his brand of Jesus over other people's heads. Here is what I know when I encounter him, and when I walk up to your house on a wonderful evening with my little kid dressed like Buzz Lightyear. My little Buzz Lightyear probably knows Jesus better than you, I know he knows his Bible more than you, he absolutely knows his Christian history more than you, and he knows how to win hearts and minds to Jesus better than you probably ever will.

If you don't like it, if you think it's demonic, and evil then just turn off your porch light. Don't go celebrate the same thing somewhere else, call it Fall Party, and think yourself a better Christian than the heathens walking in your neighborhood. That is hypocritical. Don't hand out your ABC's to salvation and all. Just leave us alone, we'll pray for you, and you can pray for us. Deal?

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