In chapter 10, I read a series of Bible verses from 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 that completely blew me away! Here's what I read; 6)Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7)Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry."
11)These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 12)So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13)No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.Check it out - Paul uses Old Testament examples to help Christians see what evil is. Verses 6, 7, & 8 deal with idolatry and sexual imorality. Those things are clearly evil and no one, Christian or not, would argue that those things should be done by Christians. But look at verses 9 & 10. These verses deal with complaining and grumbling. Complaining is stating out loud that you disagree with the current situation you have no control over (if you had control you would change the situation to better suit your disposition, wouldn't you?). Grumbling, on the other hand is under the radar, in the shadows, in secret murmuring. You know, the meeting after the meeting in the parking-lot or the under their breath comment just loud enough for the immediate area to hear or the "Don't you think that was a stupid decision the boss/pastor made..." discussion around the water cooler at the office or the drinking fountain at church. What did Paul have in mind when he put grumbling and complaining in the same passage with idolatry and sexual immorality? Well, he is equating those things to evil, the same evil as idolatry and sexual immorality! WOW!
Let me make this point clear. If we see a golden idol in the front lobby of our churches we would throw the thing out and burn it on the spot it landed. If we see some kind of sexual immorality taking place in the front lobby of our churches we would kick the perpetrators out and pray that they would turn to Jesus and repent and be saved. But what about the grumbling and complaining that takes place in the front lobby of our churches??!!?? If idolatry and immoral sex is evil and we would do something about those things with out much thought if any, shouldn't we do something about complaining and grumbling, too?
Yes, there are certainly aspects of Halloween that are evil and Christians shouldn't rejoice in them, but why do we spend so much time explaining that kind of evil to Christians who already know that it's obviously evil instead of what the Apostle Paul calls evil?