To the editor:

Each year Americans spend millions of dollars on the holiday called Halloween. 

From August until Oct. 31, there is nonstop advertisement in newspapers, stores, restaurants,—you name it, there is widespread coverage of this daunting holiday. Words such as magic, haunting, devilish, blood-curdling, spooky, etc. are used to lure fun-seekers to “come out and enjoy the trick or treaters’ fun and games.”

There are major events specializing in downtown activities, haunting trails and tales, gruesome and shocking extravaganzas. The land seems to be filled with this ghoulish evil. Why is it that people young and old alike get such pleasure out of the very things that the LORD God says he hates?

There was a time in my early Christian life that I too participated in such things and allowed my children to be involved. I am thankful that I had preachers around me that believed and taught this as an evil practice and something in which we should not participate. In the King James Bible, the book of Deuteronomy 18:9 reads—“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”

One of the best things we can do is look up these words in an old dictionary. The word abomination simply means extreme hatred of something. Sorcery and witchcraft are forbidden throughout the Bible, and there are many warnings especially to Christians to abstain from this practice. We can just look around us and see the devastation that the last hurricane did to our counties. Are we so naive to believe that we can continue to do the very things that God hates and not suffer the consequences of such actions? I am deeply concerned about our children who are allowed to believe that such things are a necessary part of life. Many of our bookstores and libraries promote sorcery and witchcraft and no one seems to care. There are many Christians who will get extremely angry when told they should not participate in this holiday, and I have spent many hours grieving and being burdened over the consequences of such actions of the people. I hope that much thought will be given to future participation of such practices. I believe our lives and our children’s lives depend on it!

Alice Russell