I’m bubbling over with excitement right now…Defy Augury now has its very first guest post! It’s just in time for October’s most well-known holiday and written by none other than my good friend Julia.
I now proudly present “A Delightful Holiday: A Screwtape Letter.” Enjoy!
Hi, my name is Julia.
Sarah and I are best friends.
Although I do not usually write, I felt God wanted me to. A teacher recently asked my Christian co-op class who thought Halloween was okay and who did not. Out of about twenty students, only three were against Halloween. I was one of them.
My Dear Wormwood,
I felt utterly discouraged when I read your letter on whether or not Halloween is a delightful holiday. After observing all the evil involved in it, wouldn’t you have realized by now that Halloween is the exact thing we fight for? I suppose however that I am responsible for showing you why this holiday is so wonderful. It began when we gladly deceived our loyal Celtic druids into believing a day existed when spirits and humans would interact. In their foolish minds, they believed the wicked demons, witches, and spirits would harm humans. To prevent this, the mortals would disguise themselves as one of us. They hoped we would think they were one of us and leave them alone. Some of them attempted to please us by offering us delicious food. Like a weed, our ingenious leader’s idea spread, with much thanks to the Roman Empire. Later on their attention turned to honoring the dead instead of us. Thankfully, they held fast to the belief that evil spirits would be able to interact with them. Their practice endangered them, because according to the Enemy’s book in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NKJV):
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.”
Of course our beloved devil-worshippers do not fear our Enemy. They boldly celebrate Halloween to celebrate the eve before the day souls are thought to interact with the living. In the spring they will celebrate Walpurgis to welcome witches. You should be very proud of them. Do you know, Wormwood, that only our zealous Islamic countries refuse to celebrate Halloween? Unfortunately, they separate themselves from holidays that do not honor their god. But do not despair—many Christians have been deceived into believing Halloween is acceptable. We do not need to fervently fight to keep them participating in Halloween. They hold their position because they believe it matters the way they celebrate it. The church, changing some pagan holidays into holy ones, also helps; however, Halloween is still celebrated in a worldly manner. Perhaps Christians just want to join in the fun because most of the world celebrates Halloween, despite the fact that there are multiple verses in the Enemy’s book against it. I would write them all down, but I know you would be snoring before you read through half of them. However, you will be able to read them at LetGodBeTrue.com and Bibleinfo.com. Of course I do not recommend you do so because it is based upon the Enemy’s book. Remember Wormwood, the Enemy’s son conquered death through the resurrection. Halloween celebrates death, sorcery, and spiritualists. Wormwood, I do hope this letter helps you understand why Halloween should be celebrated.
From your uncle,
I know this is a pretty direct article, however my intent is not to convert you. It is as a teacher told my sister, to put a stone in your shoe. As Christians, we are commanded to:
“[And] have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” ~Ephesians 5:11-13