Embracing the Evil
October 31st - Halloween. The facts pertaining to this Christian
holiday should come as no surprise, creepy as they are. Out there and in your
face is all the information one needs; from simple children’s stories of
black cats to academic theses detailing the history
of all things pertinent to Halloween rituals. Available in bookstores and
libraries; obtainable from the internet and on mobile devices, evident on the
History Channel, is more than one can absorb pertaining to the history and
origin of Halloween.
Halloween, with its roots stretching back to the religious practices of 5th
Century B.C. Celts, living in Ireland, was
given legal sanction by the Catholic
Church in 835 AD. Over the next thousand years, Halloween took on more paganism
and superstition. By the mid-1880s, Irish immigrants settling in the United
States brought with them their native customs, contributing to the Halloween
tradition in America.
commercialization of Halloween at the start produced a benign sort of
holiday mainly for the kids; in which kids would dress up in harmless costumes,
the likes of superman, spider man, the Lone Ranger, Cinderella, Bugs Bunny,
Tweetie Bird, Power Rangers, angels, princesses, fairies; innocent costumes.
Now, not only in the United States, but in Western Christian nations, Halloween
has developed into a holiday that is no longer only for kids.
Halloween has become a party holiday for adults, with celebrations often
elevated to the macabre, the cadaverous and perverted. Halloween is now laden
with hardcore witches, zombies, ghosts, devils, extraterrestrials, demented
clowns, hatchets and machetes piercing the flesh, nooses, blood, shotgun blasts,
severed limbs; things associated with death, horror and evil.
Halloween has become deeply ingrained in the culture of the United States.
American trick-or-treat traditions dating back to post-World War II suburbia
have developed into an eagerly anticipated holiday fright fest. Fun and mindless
entertainment on the surface;
Halloween promotes evil and is evil to its core.
Regardless of the blatant truths out there and in your face regarding the
origins of Halloween, most celebrants these days do not care if Halloween is
pagan, Catholic, Christian, or whatever: it is simply fun, it is embraced.
Embracing the evil that Halloween is, is common these days. However, is
Halloween the only evil America embraces?
As a culture, the United States has become accustomed to evil things,
demons, mangled, mauled and hacked-up bodies,
things that go bump in the night. The movie industry, entertainment,
both on the screen and in literary circles, music and the arts, sports;
combine to feed Americans a steady diet of aggression, violence and evil. Over
the past 60 years, each successive generation has become all the more calloused
to evil. Evil is entertaining; it’s fun.
Professional Hauntings such as Field of Screams near Lancaster, Pennsylvania;
near Atlanta, Georgia; Edge of Hell in Kansas City, Missouri;
Shocktoberfest near Redding,
Pennsylvania, are just a few of the many entertainment spots that capitalize on evil,
things that are frightening, bringing in millions of dollar annually.
America Haunts, a group which promotes the culture of haunted housed
its first trade show in 2008. There were about 100 exhibitors and some 1500
buyers present. Just five years later, attendance has exploded to some 800
exhibitors and 8000 buyers. These budding entrepreneurs realize that today’s
young adults and adolescents needs more than red lights and buzzers, more than a
distorted face reflecting in a darkened mirror to frighten them. Today’s
generation needs a lot of blood, gore and horror. Today’s adolescents and young
adults are so used to violence and blood in video games and on the screen, that
today’s haunts have to look as real as possible. And real they do!
In the United States, we are witnessing a culture that is becoming accustomed to
evil as nothing more than a common daily yawn. This nation accepts the
entertainment of evil as common, acceptable, normal. Notice what God has to say
about the culture of evil. Woe to them that call evil good and good evil;
that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter (Isaiah 5:20).
It is God who defined evil, what it is, in all its aspects. God has defined
what is good. In the beginning, God presented good and evil (thereby
defining both) as a reality human beings need to deal with. What God
declare to be evil – is evil!
Certainly, the trappings of Halloween, the macabre, the hideous, the devilish,
the evil are embraced. American’s thirst for blood and guts, the scare factor,
shot ‘em ups and death is constantly embraced. But do we stop there? Is this
the only type of evil Americans embrace?
It would be unwise to stop there. Many throughout the country believe the
current administration in Washington is the cause of the great evils in the
United States today (and consequently causing this
country disfavor with God), but that simply is not the case. No,
there are greater evils America embraces, all which contribute to a nation
degenerating and falling fast out of favor with God.
Jesus Christ, (you know, the namesake of the Christian
religion) states the following: From within, out of men’s heart
comes evil thoughts, sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adultery, greed,
malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, pride, foolishness. All
these evils come from within and defile you (Mark 7:21-23).
By the standards set by Jesus Christ – America embraces the evil. Every segment
of American life falls guilty before Jesus Christ, as He leaves no room for
America to justify its behavior. This country’s evils penetrate to greater
levels than creepy holidays.
Consider a snapshot of America. According to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation’s Crime in the United States,
2012 report, tabulating
crimes statistics from 18,290 cities, counties, states, universities and
colleges, tribal and federal agencies, the following evils occurred in America.
In 2012, there were an estimated 1,214,462 violent crimes of murder and
non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, and aggravated assault. Nationwide,
there were an estimated 8,975,438 property crimes. Collectively, victims of
property crimes (excluding arson) suffered
losses calculated at $15.5 billion in 2012.
Notice again the list of evils Christ said exists in the heart of man. Measure
these characteristics up against the corruption that is America today. Look
deeply at our entertainment industry, both television and cinema. Peruse the
internet. What sells? What is just a click away from coming into your house or
worse yet, that can pollute young, impressionable, innocent minds? Sex,
pornography, immoral, deviant and aberrant sexual expressions protected by 1st
What evil did Christ say comes from the heart of man (a
heart unrepentant)? Sexual immorality and adultery. There is no
reason to go into detail here; you are well aware of what hits you on TV
Sitcoms, HBO and in most commercials these days. Sex! Sex sells and America is
embracing the evil, loving to pay for it.
The younger generation knows how to navigate the Web and their mobile devices.
How often these days do teenagers ruin their lives by sexting. The numbers are
staggering; the consequences will last forever in our tech world.
America is a
Consider another affront to God; America’s embracing of evil.
Solomon did evil in
the sight of the Lord and followed not fully after the Lord
(1Kings 11:6). Solomon was guilty of religious infidelity; which is evil.
God considers it evil to worship any God but Him. Jesus Christ said not
everyone that says to me Lord Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he
that does the will of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 7:21). And what
is the Father’s will? The same as Jesus Christ’s; you shall have no other
God’s before me.
Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever expects the same of
the modern-day Children of Israel; the United States of America being included
in those peoples. Christ instructed Moses to write commands that are just as
viable today as they were when written. You shall not make an idol or graven
image, neither shall you raise up a standing image, neither shall you set up an
image of stone in your land to bow down unto it, for I am the Lord your
God. You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary (Leviticus
Yet again, America gives witness to the reality; it embraces the evil. From the
famed King of Kings statue (of what some sculptor
thinks Jesus looks like) near
Monroe, Ohio to the little statue of
Saint Joseph resting on the dashboard of an old lady driving her car in Queens.
From the ornate stained glass windows in the Baptist church on a street corner
in Amarillo to the
statue of Vishnu raised in a Hindu temple located west of
Chicago; to the multitudes of Buddha figurines scattered across California,
America embraces the evil.
The Laws of this country allows for freedom of religion; and so as a people,
Americans are free to worship whoever or whatever they so choose; as it pleases
them. In its pursuit of happiness, as a multi-cultural, multi-religious nation,
America embraces the evil.
Perhaps you noticed what God had to say about His Sabbath Day. You shall keep
my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary. God expects His Sabbath (Saturday
– the seventh day of the week) and His religion to be honored and
revered. Obedience to God and Him alone is paramount. Anything short of that is
evil which is taking its toll on America. Once again, we witness America’s
disregard for the Sabbath day and for faithful worship of the only true God.
America embraces the evil of false worship
God’s warning to this nation is simple. And when you spread forth your hands
(asking in prayer HELP), I will hide my eyes from
you: yes when you make many prayers; I will not hear. Your hands are full of
blood. Wash yourself, clean yourself up; put away the evil of your doings from
before my eyes; cease to do evil. Learn to do well! (Isaiah 1:15-17).
If you are embracing the evil, God is giving you fair opportunity to put it
away, to repent. Will this nation put away these great evils? Will you? Will
you stop embracing the evil?