The Lame Costumes

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Culture |

Justin Bieber

Monday night, millions of super heroes, animals, vampires, witches and pop culture celebrities will be roaming the jack-o-lantern-lit streets of America. But what about the other 364 days? What about those creatures that are associated with the more traditional costumes: demons, angels, or ghosts? Did they disappear when their costumes became lame? Do they only exist in movies where teen-age girls vomit pea soup and Haley Joel Osment manages to be the only person alive to drive fear into the heart of Bruce Willis?

While Jesus is known for miracles like turning water into wine, healing the sick, and the providing the salvation of mankind, Sunday schools always gloss over the fact that He also spent quite a bit of time driving out demons from Israel’s finest (for a few examples, Mat 8:28-34, Mat 12:22-37, Mark 1:21-28,  and Mark 5:1-20). He even grants us power over these creatures (Luke 10:17-20)!

We know that when Satan fell from heaven, he took a third of the angels throwing them down to earth where they roam with him (Luke 10:18, Rev 12:4, Job 1:7). Scripture also indicates demons have their own territories and possibly hierarchy on earth where they engage in spiritual warfare (Dan 10:13 and 20, Eph 6:12). Paul even goes as far to say that Christians are not fighting against humans, but against these fallen angels (see Ephesians verse above).

So why do we ignore these evil spirits? Perhaps it makes us a bit uneasy to think the Boogey Man exists. More than that, they have real power, intelligence, and motive to corrupt the human mind, body, and soul. But the good news is that we also have “super natural” beings on our side. Though many don’t want to believe in demons, everyone wants a guarding angel.

While I’m sure they also have their Sunday Best, the verses I’ve read don’t make angels out to be wimpy pre-pubescent Justin Bieber look-alikes. This is how Daniel described his encounter, “His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude” (Dan 10:6). Sounds dreamy. And they don’t carry too many harps either; Michael appeared to Joshua brandishing his sword before the fall of Jericho (Jos 5:13). When Israel went to war against the Arameans, flame engulfed horses and chariots covered the hills of the battlefield (2 Kings 6:17). The angel that answered Daniel’s prayer was fighting, not floating on a cloud, for 3 weeks and required the aid of the archangel Michael to beat the demon of Persia before he could deliver God’s message (Dan 10:13). The writing on the wall here (pun intended) is that God’s angels are fighting a very real war against the enemy focused on deceiving mankind. But that doesn’t mean they are fighting for us…

Angels act on behalf of God, not us (Jos 5:14). They are not here simply to make us feel good. God is very clear that He does not want us putting our faith in anything other than Him:

“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.” (Lev 19:31).

“Let no one be found among you…who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritists or who consults the dead” (Deut 18:10-11).

While we might be inclined to think this stuff is only practiced in tiki huts in Haiti, I knew many houses growing up where Ouija boards were tucked in the game closet. It is estimated the psychic industry brings in $2 billion annually in the US. And how many people do we know pray to passed loved ones or departed saints for guidance?

Angels only appear in the Bible to deliver God’s messages and serve Him, while demons and Satan roam the earth to tempt and deceive us. As we see, God explicitly warns and forbids us from reaching out to anything other than Him. That leads me to believe if that anything responds to our inquiries into the spiritual realm it is not of God, but of Satan.

So, when you open the door to a zombie, hob-goblin, or Occupy Wall Street protester on Monday night, don’t freak out too much. Just remember there are real forces a lot scarier at work out there laughing at what I’m sure they think is a dismal attempts to portray evil and horror. But don’t worry; we’ve got twice as many sword-wielding-bronze-plated-He-Men riding chariots of fire on our side.


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What about astrology?

Good question. While I don’t personally see a whole lot of purpose in it anyway, maybe about as much as a fortune cookie, putting your faith in the stars seems Biblically incompatible. Wouldn’t that be something along the lines of mysticism? There’s also this verse:

Deut 4:19 – And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.

This is a great example of how the Israelites were called to be different than other nations. Most of the ancient empires did just what God was forbidding (Egyptians, Mayans, Greeks…). I don’t think that’s to say looking at the stars is bad, obviously we got our calendar and understood seasons from doing so. But putting your faith in anything else other than God is a big no-no.

Do you agree?

yes. Did some research and there are many verses that say how God says we can use a calendar (Genisis 1:14), and how there are references to signs in the stars (Luke 21:25, and the birth of Christ how the three wise men used the star to guide them. (there is a lot of reference to the morning star in the bible, Matthew 2:1)
Like you mentioned it was a time where astrology and worship or stars, sun, moon…etc was still very common and widely practiced. I think a lot of those verses are to stress that there is not to be any worship anything else besides Him. Using astrology for entertainment value and using it to apply to your life is a fine line.
Check out this verse though…kind of scary. How does one do this?
1 John 4:1
heebidee jeebidees

The next few lines indicate how – ask the spirit to acknowledge Jesus Christ. Anything that won’t isn’t of God.

Still, heebidee geebidees

[…] as I was putting it away and noticed a few things. The angel doesn’t look like the warrior I blogged about in October. Joseph and the shepherd look pretty normal I suppose. But Mary looks a bit older […]

[…] as I was putting it away and noticed a few things. The angel doesn’t look like the warrior I blogged about in October. Joseph and the shepherd look pretty normal I suppose. But Mary looks a bit older […]

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