25 Oct 2014 03:04 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Kirk Cameron (Image Source: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Now that Kirk Cameron has educated us all on his idea of the winter holiday with his film Saving Christmas (to be released in select theaters on November 14), he wants to educate us as well on the fall holiday of Halloween. He wants to make sure all Christians participate in the celebration.
Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas is meant to remind Christians of the connections between the holiday and the Bible. It explains traditions such as the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, and gift-giving to help put "the Christ back in Christmas." In a recent interview with Christian Post, Cameron wanted to tackle the connections between Christians and Halloween, perhaps putting Christ back in Halloween?
"The real origins have a lot to do with All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve," according to Cameron. "If you go back to old church calendars, especially Catholic calendars, they recognize the holiday All Saints Day, with Hallows Eve the day before, when they would remember the dead. That's all tied in to Halloween."
Cameron tackled the reasons he believes are behind people dressing up on the spooky holiday. "When you go out on Halloween and see all people dressed in costumes and see someone in a great big bobble head Obama costume with great big ears and an Obama face, are they honoring him or poking fun?" He answers that himself, believing they are poking fun at him.
As for the history of dressing up, Cameron continued to educate. "Early on, Christians would dress up in costumes as the devil, ghosts, goblins and witches precisely to make the point that those things were defeated and overthrown by the resurrected Jesus Christ. The costumes poke fun at the fact that the devil and other evils were publicly humiliated by Christ at His resurrection.”
“That's what the Scriptures say, that He publicly humiliated the devil when He triumphed over power and principality and put them under his feet,” Cameron continued. “Over time you get some pagans who want to go this is our day, high holy day of Satanic church, that this is all about death, but Christians have always known since the first century that death was defeated, that the grave was overwhelmed, that ghosts, goblins, devils are foolish has-beens who used to be in power but not anymore. That's the perspective Christians should have."
While some people avoid the Halloween holiday because of religious reasons, Cameron believes it should be celebrated big. "You should have the biggest party on your block, and you should have the reason for everyone to come to your house and before anyone else's house because yours is the most fun. Halloween gives you a great opportunity to show how Christians celebrate the day that death was defeated, and you can give them Gospel tracts and tell the story of how every ghost, goblin, witch and demon was trounced the day Jesus rose from the grave. Clearly no Christians ought to be glorifying death, because death was defeated, and that was the point of All Hallows Eve."
That doesn't sound like how most people celebrate Halloween. For most it seems the tradition is to pass out candy, go trick-or-treating, and maybe attend a party or two in costume. It sounds like Cameron aims to change all that. The question is if he'll be successful.
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