Pat Robertson said this last Thursday. He suggested churches hold their own parties and put a Christian emphasis on the holiday. Included in a Christian Halloween party, he said, would be bobbing for apples.
Pat does not know the controversy about where Halloween came from. He does not seem to know bobbing for apples is disgustingly unsanitary.
Wikipedia sites scholars who find the origin of the Halloween we celebrate is definitely Christian. It was began as an ”all saints day” some believe.
One point of the celebration mentioned in Wikipedia is that Halloween is a time we outsmart death with cunning and humor. Certainly, we have a good time.
Whether Halloween is a pagan celebration that was stolen and made into an all saints day or originated with Christians does not matter. Christians stole the winter solstice and spring equinox that originated with other groups. If Pat wants to steal a holiday established for ghosts and witches and use it to spread germs by apple bobbing, he is operating within the Christian tradition.
The most interesting thing to me about the modern Halloween is how it has become an adult event as well as a children’s event. Adults seem to enjoy pretending to be someone other than who they are just as much as children.
Pat is correct, however, the day has roots somewhere and somehow with religion. Religion is about some kind of reality that is different from what we experience in our mundane day to day lives.
That’s Halloween as well.