October 31 means different things to different people—Protestant Christians celebrate Reformation and prepare for All Saints’ Day, while secular society celebrates Halloween. But Christians also get caught up in the secular celebrations of Halloween, usually “all in good fun,” yet sometimes that “fun” can be to our detriment. We must remember that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV) and is “the father of lies” (John 8:44 ESV). Therefore, we are called to look to Christ to resist the schemes of the devil, which often manifest themselves on days like today.
In his fascinating and insightful book Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America, Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett equips Christians not only to recognize the devil’s influence in our society but also to respond boldly in faith. The following excerpt is a good reminder for us that even when we feel weak and afraid; when we are bombarded by images of ghosts, devils, and witches; and when we are tempted to fall prey to pagan Halloween traditions, Jesus is there and will never leave our side.