With it being Halloween, I thought it fitting (like I am sure a thousand other people) to tackle the subject of the day. Though this may end up sounding a little bit like a past post, I want to take it in a new direction. The Subversion of the Day is to have no fear. On Halloween, fear and fun, or trick and treat, rule the streets. I want to be clear on the onset of this that I am not out to bash Halloween. I think that is kind of a fool’s errand, and there are much greater, much more evil of social institutions to throw my weight against… like Christmas or Easter (I kid… sort of). But there is that common theme of fear that is associated with this holiday, or holy day to some. When the night creeps in, and strange noises began to tear a part your mind, thinking that some crazed maniac, some ghastly specter, some evil-possessed entity is about to descend upon you…
But how often does that actually happen?
I think there could be something cathartic about the fear induced around Halloween, if we allow it to challenge our desire to flee from things that cause us fright. But the fear I am speaking of is much more sinister, much more insidious, much darker. Everyday we go through life carrying certain fears and doubts and uncertainties. Fear of the unknown, fear of those different than us, fear of change. We are often crippled by this. And this is the realm that I think the real evil, the real darkness, the real demonic finds the fruits of it’s labors. This Halloween stuff is chicanery, slight-of-hand. The real powers of darkness want you to look the other way, while they are convincing you to walk through your life in fear of really living. Because when we do that, we disconnect from relying on the God that truly loves us.
So how do we fight the real darkness?
I good place to start in subverting the darkness is not to wage an all out war on all things scary and Halloween-like… but maybe just take it out of your life. Don’t watch so many movies, read so many books, think so many thoughts that relate to terror. Instead, think about things that are good, holy, of great worth. Think about how Jesus changes the world, and brings light to cause darkness to hide wherever He goes. And then, when you are really ready to tackle the true strong holds of darkness, question the fear that society, and yourself, implant in you:
Fear of other nations/ ethnic groups
Fear of other religions
Fear of other orientations
Fear of other ideologies or political affiliations
Fear of failure
Fear of loss
Fear of death…
When we question fear to its face, it usually doesn’t have much to say. When you carry the light of Christ with you, the darkness, and fear, has no other option but to flee. Subvert the powers today.
PS: I may talk big game, but the picture at the top of this page gives me cold chills every time I think of it, lol.
There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.
1 John 4:18