I am not on hiatus again, I was merely out of town. I went to my father-in-law's with my wife on and extended weekend thing. It was okay.
Today is Halloween and I have a number of things going through my mind. It is more significant to me, that it is the last day of the month, then it is some crazy holiday. Bills start pouring in now and I have to find ways to pay them. I used not have to give that a thought, but times - they are a changing.
Some people go all out for Halloween. I remember Roseanne on TV. She had great Halloween episodes. The Connors (Roseanne's TV family) practically worshipped Halloween. The Simpsons also have killer Halloween episodes, but I digress.
On the other hand, you have the religious zealots who think it is pure evil to acknowledge Halloween like it is some insult to God. As a Christian, I have heard all the arguments, but I just don't buy it. It is issues like this that makes a relationship with Christ turn into a legalistic religion. Halloween only has the power to be an evil force against God if you give it that power in your mind and heart. It can just be a goofy holiday where people dress up and kids get candy if you let it be just that.
If one is a Christian that shuns Halloween (and those who participate in it) as evil, then he should also shun Santa Claus, Christmas trees and Easter bunnies or risk being exposed as a hypocrite. If you don't like Halloween, fine - I don't care for it much myself. My advice is just igore it; it goes away, I promise. To make a big deal out of it is, well, just making a big deal out of it.