Am I the only Christian that finds the idea of JesusWeen disturbing? If you haven’t heard about this yet, make sure to go check out their website. Here’s their “press release”:
October 31st is fast approaching and God has inspired us to encourage Christians all over the world to do it differently this year. We introduce to you the JesusWeen Christian gift giving festival which we hope will be an alternative for those who don’t celebrate or believe in Halloween. The dictionary meaning of Ween is to expect, believe or think. We therefore see October 31st as a day to expect a salvation gift or re-think receiving Jesus.
We strongly believe this initiative will be beneficial to all Christians, Churches and Christian Bookstores as well. It will have a positive effect and provide an alternative to millions of people. JesusWeen (October 31st) is expected to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever and that’s why we also call it “World Evangelism Day”. It’s a day to give out Christian gifts, just as God gave us Jesus.
No more hiding on October 31st…You can participate in a positive way. JESUSWEEN is all about spreading the gospel on October 31st. We are not supporting or endorsing the celebration of Halloween but we have chosen to use the only day in most countries that individuals are allowed to solicit, interact and exchange gifts without breaking the law.
Maybe I’m a pessimist, but does anyone else see a problem with this? If people are using this as an avenue to reach people for Christ, I’m a little embarrassed. I just feel that there are better ways to connect people to the love of Christ then to “Jesus Juke” Halloween.
Personally, I don’t believe that Halloween, or any holiday for that matter, is inherently evil. I think people use Halloween as an excuse to do bad things, but I also believe people do the same thing with Christmas. Should we create a different holiday for that as well?
I also don’t find the idea of JesusWeen very inviting to outsiders. If you are using this new “holiday” as a tool to reach out to nonbelievers, it sounds like it defeats the purpose of this whole campaign.
Do I claim to have a solution to this Halloween/JesusWeen idea and how to make it work better? Not really. But at the same time, I don’t really think it needs one. I think it is just as possible to reach out to nonbelievers handing them a miniature Mr. Goodyear while they are dressed up as Nacho Libre as it is to create a new pseudo-holiday.
But that’s my 2¢.