Do you love Halloween? Is it your favorite holiday? Well be prepared to throw away your hand sewn Peter Quill costume because Kirk Cameron is here to ruin that for you.
But wait, do you hate Halloween? Do you not understand how a holiday that existed only between the hours of 2 - 7pm one night a year when you were a child has morphed into a month long celebration replete with house decorations? Then you better find a red and white striped shirt, scarf and hat, and a pair fake glasses because Where’s Waldo is the best, last- minute costume, and by god, you are going out this year.
Kirk Cameron, everyone’s favorite theological scholar who also graced the cover of “YM” shirtless (sorry, Joseph Campbell), is here to teach us the true meaning of Halloween:
“The real origins have a lot to do with All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve,” the actor told The Christian Post. “If you go back to old church calendars, especially Catholic calendars, they recognize the holiday All Saints Day, with All Hallows Eve the day before, when they would remember the dead. That’s all tied in to Halloween.”
I’m not trying to be bitchy … wait actually, I totally am. I’m trying to be bitchy, so I’d like to point out that “old church calendars” are pretty much only Catholic calendars. I know there’s some sort of Jets v. Sharks thing between some Evangelicals and Catholics, but for roughly 1400 years the Catholics were the only game in town. You might not like them, but damnit if you don’t have to respect that kind of run.
Semantics aside, Cameron continues:
“Early on, Christians would dress up in costumes as the devil, ghosts, goblins and witches precisely to make the point that those things were defeated and overthrown by the resurrected Jesus Christ,” Cameron continued. “The costumes poke fun at the fact that the devil and other evils were publicly humiliated by Christ at His resurrection. That’s what the Scriptures say, that He publicly humiliated the devil when He triumphed over power and principality and put them under his feet. Over time you get some pagans who want to go this is our day, high holy day of Satanic church, that this is all about death, but Christians have always known since the first century that death was defeated, that the grave was overwhelmed, that ghosts, goblins, devils are foolish has-beens who used to be in power but not anymore. That’s the perspective Christians should have.”
I would like to have a conversation with Cameron about his religious beliefs now. When exactly were ghosts, goblins, devils in power? (Also you might not want to be tossing around the term “has-been”, Mike Seaver.)
“You should have the biggest party on your block, and you should have the reason for everyone to come to your house and before anyone else’s house because yours is the most fun,” he told CP. “Halloween gives you a great opportunity to show how Christians celebrate the day that death was defeated, and you can give them Gospel tracts and tell the story of how every ghost, goblin, witch and demon was trounced the day Jesus rose from the grave. Clearly no Christians ought to be glorifying death, because death was defeated, and that was the point of All Hallows Eve.”
Now I would very much like to have a conversation with Cameron about his religious beliefs. How in the hell is Halloween the day that death was defeated? Does he think it’s the day that Jesus died? Or the day that he rose? Because I’ve never attended church, and even I know that one of those is Good Friday and one of those is Easter. I don’t know which one, but I know neither is Halloween.
But maybe I’m picking on Cameron too much. He has, after all, devoted his life and a large portion of his adult career to Christianity. He must have some solid Biblical support for making his claims.
“When you go out on Halloween and see all people dressed in costumes and see someone in a great big bobble head Obama costume with great big ears and an Obama face, are they honoring him or poking fun?” Cameron asked.
“They are poking fun at him,” the actor said, answering his own question before comparing the concept of costumes to early Christianity.
Or he’s got a political agenda with some possible racist undertones. Maybe I’m just not understanding the kind of big party Cameron wants Christians to have on Halloween.
I’d rock that.
Source: Christian Post