Ghosts, vampires, zombies, Frankenstein, Justin Bieber, werewolves…all things that just don’t make sense…and yet they are topics the culture around us embraces every day. When it comes to things that aren’t just baffling, like the beebs, but just straight up mysterious, like the supernatural, many Christ followers just avoid the topic altogether.
This Halloween season don’t! Don’t avoid the topic.
Seriously, what is the big fear about just bringing up ghosts, zombies and the undead? I think Christians just don’t know what to say and so they don’t want to be embarrassed, and so they don’t even bring it up.
Here’s the deal though, it’s already been brought up. You have to respond. And hibernating or hiding in your house and withdrawing isn’t a response that makes the most of every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus.
So, how do you bring it up?
- Point to the nearest guy dressed up like a zombie and ask the person you are with, “Do you think some people actually live life like they are zombies? Not that they kill people and stuff, but they are NOT fully embracing life now? What is holding them back from that?” Then bridge the conversation to Jesus allowing you to embrace life right now!
- Invite a non-believing friend to a pumpkin patch with you and embark together on picking out the ugliest pumpkins you can find and then challenge each other to make it beautiful…er…ugly. Just make it excellently something. While carving the pumpkins together, talk about how through your faith God has made your ugliness beautiful and that you are excellently crafted.
- When watching a trailer for a scary movie with someone, ask what they think about the supernatural stuff in the movie; if they believe in those things. Sure enough, they will ask you back, so be ready to simply say, “Well, yeah, I believe in the supernatural and that evil is real, but I am thankful that God loves me enough to rescue me from having to live with evil forever.”
- When seeing a ghost decoration, try saying something like, “Have you ever heard people say that ghosts are spirits with unfinished business?” Then ask if they think they have any unfinished business and talk about the things you think need to be decided on before death, obviously bringing up faith and belief in God. The point is to try to have a conversation about how to avoid dying with “unfinished business.”
Don’t let ghoully things keep you from talking about real spiritual issues this Halloween. In fact, use every opportunity to talk about Jesus and the hope He is in this dark world.
Do you have any other ideas to help bring up the GOSPEL of Jesus by talking about the evil things in the world around us?