Halloween and the Church

I am preaching in church tomorrow night. I will be speaking from Matthew 23 where Jesus talks to the scribes and pharisees and confronts their hypocrisy. In this passage  the scribes and pharisees would literally wear certain clothes to “dress up” to make people think that they were something that they were not. Sounds a little like Halloween doesn’t it! About six months ago I heard a great illustration that compared Halloween to the church.  Like the pharisees, when we go to church, we too are often guilty of “dressing up” and pretending to be something that we are not.

Here are a couple of the comparisons: 

At Halloween people dress up and pretend to be someone they are not.

At Church sometimes people dress up and pretend to be someone they are not.

At Halloween people expect to get something even though they have no relationship with the provider

At Church people expect to get something even though they have no relationship with the provider. 

At Halloween people go around and say certain memorized lines to try to get what they want.

At Church people go around and say certain memorized lines (songs and prayers) to try to get what they want.

 

Are there any other illustrations or comparisons that you can come up with? What are your thoughts about this comparison?

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