A couple times on Christian radio recently I have heard various speakers talking about the importance of staying away from even the hint of evil. I think as Christians we don't often realize how much we flirt with the world and flirt with just a hint of evil.
We perhaps watch a TV program that may be completely fine except for that short scene that displays an illicit affair. Or we joke with co-workers and don't say anything when an off-color comment is made. Even as Christians we aren't immune to this. How easy it is to listen to the latest piece of gossip, or perhaps even spread some. What secret sins do you hide in your heart?
The Lord reminded me of this as I was walking this morning from 6:30 - 7 AM in my neighborhood. It was a cool, dark misty morning. The sun wasn't even up yet. As I walked I viewed a number of houses with Halloween decorations.
Now I know this is a controversial topic when it comes to Christians. When I grew up we celebrated this holiday and even went around as kids to get candy like everyone else. I never thought a whole lot about it until my husband and I were stationed in Germany. Where we lived there was a large population of practicing witches in the area. It was halloween and we did not have any children yet. We didn't want to participate in handing out candy, but choose instead to go to a movie on the military post. As we walked to the movies you could see kids going around in all kinds of costumes, and your first inclination was that it was cute. But yet, we also could feel an almost physical oppression that night from the spiritual warfare that was going on as well. We somehow knew that on the surface things looked like just a fun time for kids, but also knew for the demonic world, it was a totally different realm. Because of that, we never have chosen to celebrate halloween with our children.
This morning as I walked the Lord reminded me of this occurrence again. As I was getting exercise and praying, I saw multiple houses decorated with witches, ghosts, and bats. The Lord spoke to me about the importance of staying away from even the hint of evil. 1 John 2:15 talks about not loving things of this world. When we choose to love the things of the world, we don't have God's love inside us. So are there any things that you are holding onto that are of this world? Let's join together and choose to be separate from this world so that others see Christ in us.