Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Bushel

Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Bushel


Every year, I write a post about Halloween since it is such a controversial subject among Christians. After last year’s Halloween, I wrote about our friends using the holiday to Overcome Evil (Even Halloween) with Good. I used to not celebrate Halloween and would turn off all of my lights and not answer the door when children came knocking but I couldn’t get this verse out of my mind, “Give to him that asks thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away” (Matthew 5:42). The past couple of years, I did hand out candy to the children that came to my door asking for a treat. After last Halloween, I saw an article written on John MacArthur’s blog about Halloween. It was titled Separation, Purity and Halloween. I thought for sure he would encourage his congregation to not have anything to do with Halloween, but this is how they concluded the post.

“Even if you simply give out candy to the children passing through your neighborhood, there will be many gospel opportunities you won’t want to miss. Drop a tract in with each kid’s candy, or try to engage their parents in a conversation you can steer toward the things of the Lord. Maybe even invite the whole family to your church? Certain circumstances—like the makeup of your community and your living situation—will determine what kind of opportunities you have, but they will be there if you look hard enough.

“For most believers, the situation is simple. Not long from now, dozens of unsaved people will be in your neighborhood, possibly even at your doorstep. For their sake, and for the sake of God’s kingdom, don’t shut them out and ignore their spiritual needs. As the world celebrates darkness, do something—anything—to shine the light of the gospel in your community.” After years of going back and forth about the holiday, it was the same conclusion that I have come to!

Last year, I put organic lollipops in a baggy with a small, Gospel cartoon tract, then handed them out to all the children with a smile. I would tell them that they didn’t need any more junk, so I wanted to give them something just a bit better for them. They seemed excited about it! Then I would try to strike up a conversation with them about their costumes or something else. 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!

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick;
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Matthew 5:15

“Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,’ When you have it with you.”
Proverbs 3:28

Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5:42

8 thoughts on “Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Bushel

  1. This subject sparked some inspiration! What child (or teenager) can resist a glow stick? Why not hand those out with a Bible verse referencing the light of Jesus attached to it!

  2. For now, we had to stop opening our door/handing out treats. If it was just little kids in cute costumes, we’d be fine, but the elementary aged kids often have gory or scary costumes/masks on that terrify my youngest daughter. I have to steer clear of the Halloween sections of stores if she’s with me as well-she just can’t handle that stuff.

  3. Glow sticks and bible verses will be what I’m handing out this year!

  4. This is beautiful Lori!

    For the past 3 years my husband and I have opened our home to trick or treaters each Halloween. We invite them in to decorate cookies, eat some nachos (light dinner), some soda punch, and send them off with candy. This year we’re inviting all our friends and my son’s classmates to come to our house for a Trick or Treat Party together (safer in numbers plus more fellowship and getting to reach out to his friends’ parents). I want to be remembered as the family that opened their doors to strangers and invited them in and was hospital. The kids actually remember us too, which makes me feel excited that we’re actually leaving an impression on them! I want to be remembered as the loving house on Halloween that invited them in.

  5. 22 Oct 2016

    Dear Lori,

    I’ve been misjudged for my view of Halloween, even when submitted to my husband’s view of it. Here’s what I decided: If it will acquaint me with my new neighbors (shine my Light before them), this is a great opportunity for them to see “the difference” in me, at my doorstep. We’re going to sit on our front porch and welcome all our neighbors we’ve not met yet. I can’t list a single evil thing about that. The only thing I’m participating “in” is smiling, acquainting, greeting and shining. Chuck Swindoll said, “Shine the Light, and Shake the Salt.”

    If my husband is wrong about shining and shaking, the Lord will deal with him about it as the earthly head in our home.

    Aren’t you glad I’m not your judge? Aren’t I glad you’re not mine?


  6. I sure am, Kelley, and I know some disagree with my views on this topic and it is fine with me. I went back and forth about it but a trend I see is that men aren’t nearly as strict about these things as women. I didn’t want my children to read Harry Potter and Ken was fine with them reading it. I didn’t want my children to celebrate Halloween and Ken was fine with them celebrating Halloween. Oh, how I would have obeyed my husband in all areas when I was raising my children!

    Blessings, my friend!

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