JesusWeen: Putting Jesus In Halloween (Get It?!)
Everyone knows that good Christians never ever celebrate a holiday with pagan roots, so every year many of the devout denounce the black magic, slutty nurses, and Mars bars of Halloween. This year, a Canadian minister is taking his opposition one step further, and using the holiday as a chance to preach his message.
According to the JesusWeen Web site (yes, that’s its real name), Pastor Paul Ade had 300 spare pocket Bibles lying around in October 2002, when he realized that dozens of young non-believers were about to knock on his door expecting a gift. Voila!
Pastor Paul also wanted to provide an alternative for all those who oppose the holiday.
“Halloween is not consistent with the Christian faith,” he told Gawker. “Many people say they feel uncomfortable on that day.”
The movement has grown and is attracting national attention this year. Along with giving out Bibles and other Christian books, other encouraged practices for the day include wearing white instead of a costume to symbolize virtue, and supporting local Christian businesses by buying Christian gifts to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
The organization makes some bold statements, claiming that “JesusWeen is expected to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever.” The website also guarantees that participation “will definitely result in church growth”. (Really? How many 7-year-old Batmans do you think are ready to be saved?)
The group has proclaimed that all of October is “dedicated towards prayer.” On Oct. 31, I’ll be praying for all those who hand out books to trick-or-treaters. I’ve seen what those kids do to the house that gives out apples—I don’t want to imagine what they’ll do over a copy of St. Augustine’s City of God.