(By Ben Godwin) Darkness is used in Scripture as a metaphor for evil to represent all that is sinful and satanic. In contrast, light is a biblical metaphor for good to represent truth and all that is of God. The apostle Paul instructed, “Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light—for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth … And do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; instead, expose them” (Eph. 5:7-9, 11).
It’s a tricky balance for Christians to be in the world without conforming to it. Jesus prayed, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). If we imitate the world, we lose our distinction; if we isolate from the world, we lose our influence. Christians need to engage the culture if we expect to make an impact. It’s perfectly fine for a boat to be in the water, but if too much water gets in the boat, now that’s a problem. This brings up the question, “How should Christians treat Halloween?” The origin of Halloween incorporated a mixture of Christian and pagan practices. CONTINUE