A celebrity who has a reputation for being an airhead once explained, "Ditzy is having the courage to ask. Ditzy is not editing yourself." Of course, she's right. Most would rather fake understanding than risk looking dumb by asking questions. We do edit ourselves for the sake of reflecting our desired self-image to others. Of course, it is bogus because first, God sees us as we are and He is the ultimate judge and second, everyone else is not nearly as dumb as we think they are.
It is often said that the unexamined life is not worth living, and that mantra is more than a mouthful. It's the truth that has eternal consequences. We Christians are bewildered by the lack of thought so many others put into the all-important matter of eternity. We see them as the ultimate ditzes, while most unbelievers see us Christians as delusional. Maybe we could all use that young lady's advice and drop the self-editing, or at least ask some questions.
On Halloween every year we ignore some basic questions that should be asked but seldom are, like who is the devil and what is he all about? What's cool and fun about death? Instead of asking ourselves honest questions, we edit the communal conversation by calling out those who call out the questions. We prefer to practice denial and laugh at things we'd rather not face.
For those of you who believe that Jesus Christ is not Lord and Savior, do yourself a possible everlasting favor by re-examining the evidence you have against the faith. Is it really enough to bet your eternity? Some of the most joyous Christians I know had faced such a crisis. For those who call Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior, does your life produce fruits that reflect that faith? (Read Matthew 25.)
As this nation drifts more away from Christ, there are likely more real ghouls behind the doors in our neighborhoods. Maybe their parents taught them that Jesus is a myth or kept them from church, which also taught them that He is not real. There are local churches who offer alternatives this year for the traditional children's extortion blitz, "Trick or Treat".
Our Halloween is a secular derivative of the watch called "All Hallows Eve", the night before All Saints Day, November 1. That's the day we remember all the saints (all believers) who have fallen asleep in the faith, awaiting the New Day. They have been given the white robe of Christ's righteousness, just like you have, too, believer and saint.
We pray for everyone to come to faith, wearing the white robe of Christ, and join us in this future, as described in the disciple John's vision from Revelation 21, "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Gloria Deo--Glory to God
Rev. Timothy Matthew is pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kennett.