As in turning “Halloween” into “Jesus-ween.” “Ween” is not a suffix, but this is the least of my objections.
That’s right, they want Christians to give out Bibles and devotional books instead of candy to trick-or-treaters.
Remember being 11 years old and going door to door collecting candy? Now imagine that instead of candy, someone gives you a Bible. Or a copy of Our Daily Bread.*
Honestly, don’t these people have children? Haven’t they ever at least met children? What would possibly make anyone think that this bait-and-switch will be well received?
“Jesus Ween” organizers say:
Jesus Ween (Oct 31st) is expected to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever and that’s why we also call it “World Evangelism Day”. It’s a day to give out Christian gifts, just as God gave us Jesus.
“World Evangelism Day.” Because trick-or-treating is customary all over the globe.
Is there a dress code for Christians on World Evangelism Day?
I’m glad you asked. Yes, in fact, there is. From Jesus Ween’s Facebook page:
Well, OK, the bit about giving to the food bank is nice. Is this part of Jesus Ween’s mission?
DRESS CODE: On October 31st, every Christian is expected to wear a white top to symbolize Righteousness and the love of God to all mankind. The money normally used to buy costumes can be given to ministries that print christian books to help the unsaved or give such funds to JesusWeen or food bank to help the poor.
According to the “Our Mission” section of their website (and the “Why Join?” section, and the “Participate” section):
Jesus Ween is a non for Profit Organisation also known as JesusWin. We are focused on helping people live a better life. We educate people on how best to relate with non for profit organisations that publish devotionals, daily bread and Bibles. We also focused on helping people feel comfortable with volunteering with institutions that help the poor.Throughout the year and especially from October 31st till November 15th we hold several seminars on various helpful topics.
How does that verse in Matthew 25 go? “I was hungry, and you helped people feel comfortable with volunteering with institutions that fed me.” Something like that.
Anyway, now you know: If you’re approaching a house while trick-or-treating this Halloween and you see the family standing there in white tops to symbolize Righteousness, go ahead and skip that house. They don’t have any candy.
* ODB — not to be confused with founding Wu-Tang Clan member Russell Jones — is a popular devotional publication. It’s kind of like the horoscopes, except no matter when your birthday is you get the same daily platitude as everyone else.