Quoting Quivering: Making a Secular Holiday All About You?

Quoting Quivering: Making a Secular Holiday All About You? October 7, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife – Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Bushel

Editor’s note: This is one of those incredibly sticky-wicket problems of Christianity. Do you participate in a cultural event that your church says is ‘evil’ or do you stay inside and refuse to join in, or do you find a third way and do it in a way that allows you to not feel as guilty? Handling out tracts or bible verses happens, but seems rather unloving from here. How did your old high demand faith group handle things like Halloween? Did you hand out tracts, health food or just not participate or did your church hold a ‘Harvest’ party on the holiday? Our church uses it as a community outreach with hotdogs, games, popcorn, soda and candy given out in the church parking lot, a huge festival that draws thousands of people. But there are all sorts of ways to participate and still have faith.

Last year, I bought organic lollipops and handed them out to all the children. I would tell them that they didn’t need any more junk so I wanted to give them something a bit better for them. They seemed excited about it! (I was surprised.) Then I would try to strike up a conversation with them about their costumes or something else. I am thinking about finding a way to wrap Bible verses around them since the Word doesn’t come back void. Before the trick-or-treaters come to your home, ask the Lord to give you opportunities to shine the light of Jesus into their lives. Love people enough to put yourself out of your comfort zone and take every opportunity possible to share the hope of the Gospel with a fallen world. A lot of people are searching for Truth and you have it!

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Storm

    Uh, organic lollipops are probably just made with sugar that wasn’t treated with pesticides. That’s great, and it is better than regular ones, but it’s not healthy in any sense of the word. I also can’t imagine a little kid being excited about something being organic.

  • Mel

    Look, if she wants to get all “holier-than-thou” on this one, go back to any or all of the original meanings of Halloween.

    I’m Catholic and it was a party prior to spending the next day at church to celebrate All Saints’ Day followed by All Souls’ Day (no required Mass for that one).

    We stole/adapted that from a native Celtic religion. I’m sure they have plenty of nifty rituals to do that night, too.

  • Mel

    Also – how hard is it to tape Bible verses on lollipops? That’s so freaking easy. (I’ve never taped Bible verses on lollipops, but I did tape Mole Day Slogans and Pi Day Slogans on lollipops for ~100 kids.)

    I just added “craft-impaired” to the list of reasons that Lori’s blog doesn’t have much of a following…..

  • guest

    Good one. Just because it’s organic doesn’t make it better for you. I thought Lori would know about that, considering she can diagnose people’s health by the state of their tongues.

  • guest

    In Germany, October 31st is Reformation day. Halloween is not big here and we hardly get trick-or-treaters. Since kids go out on December 6th to sing carols and collect candy in the name of St. Nikolaus, I don’t think my kids are missing out on anything.

  • Hannah

    We have a trunk or treat and a chilli cook off at our church the Saturday before Halloween (I’m working, again!) It seems Mormons aren’t offended by Halloween. I did ask the Elders why they were celebrating the pagan festival Samhain and they said they weren’t, they were celebrating candy.