By: Susan Bea Good
Today is cold and rainy. Of course…it’s Halloween!
I can hardly remember a dry Halloween occurring here in West Michigan. My memories of the holiday go all the way back to the 1960’s, when kids were safe to span the Trick or Treat perimeters of up to a half mile of city blocks, unaccompanied by parents! Those were the “good old days” of full sized candy bars (not snack size), homemade candy apples (with no razor blades), and extra-large pillowcases for the night’s haul.
As a child I loved to participate in the dress-up and candy gathering. But I’ve grown to really hate the holiday of Halloween. Regardless of how it’s framed (Fall-Harvest Celebration) today it most often tends to be a bloody, death oriented season which I don’t find to be fun. I just don’t understand the general fascination with fear, dismemberment, beheading, witchcraft, and the Devil.
So, this Halloween I find it most curious that a child’s costume is causing such an uproar. It contains no dripping blood, dangling fingers, or gross make-up, but Muslims are angry about its “message.” The costume causing the uproar is a child-sized Israeli Military uniform.
Since Islam’s Prophet Mohamed was a kidnapper, thief, rapist, murderer, slaver, and Devil worshiper, I find it to be just plain funny that a children’s costume version of an Israeli soldier causes such outrage.
The Jewish race originated from Abraham’s family line through Sarah. The nation of Israel is God’s gift to them. Though Muslims regard Jews as unclean, my God calls them His treasured possession!
I may not see any mini-Israeli soldiers tonight, but if I do, they will receive a double portion of treats, just as God reserves a privileged portion for His Treasure, the Jews.
(God’s message to the Jews) “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!