There might still be 14 days until election day when we find out which of the polls is correct – but as far as the Halloween connection to the Presidential race is concerned, it’s all but over. According to an article in the NY Post, Trump Halloween Garb is Outselling Clinton ‘By a Landslide.’ Latex masks of the Donald with his mouth-agape (just $29.99) is outselling Clinton faces 40 to 1. You can also get a comb-over Election Wig for $24.99, orange tinted makeup for $5.99 and Make America Great Again ball caps for just $14.99. If this Halloween trend holds up it could be a scary Election Day for Hillary Clinton because according to The Political Insider, Halloween mask sales have predicted every Presidential Election since 1980.
I don’t know if you or yours still put on a costume or not for Halloween candy collecting, but as Christians we are called to each day put off the things of our sinful nature and to put on Christ. Carmen LaBerge put together (pun intended) a list of what we are to put off and put on and it includes such things as:
- Put off bitterness (Heb 12:15) — and put on tenderhearted and forgiving attitudes (Eph 4:32).
- Put off a lack of love (1 John 4:7) — and put on love (John 15:12).
- Put off unforgiving spirit (Mark 11:26) — and put on forgiveness (Col. 3:13).
- Put off judging (Matt 7:1-2) — and put on allowing God to search our hearts (John 8:9).
- Put off pride (Prov 16:5) — and put on humility (James 4:6).
- Put off boasting and conceit (1 Cor 4:7) — and put on esteeming others (Phil 2:3).
- Put off gossip (1 Tim 5:13) — and put on edifying speech (Eph 4:29).
- Put off jealousy (Gal 5:26) — and put on trust (1 Cor 13:4).
- Put off a critical spirit (Gal 5:15) — and put on kindness (Col 3:12)
- Put off idle words (Matt 12:36) — and put on a bridled tongue (Prov 21:31).
- Put off wrath (James 1:19-20) — and put on a soft answer (Prov 15:1).
- Put off discontentment (Heb 13:5) — and put on contentment (1 Tim 6:8).
That is quite a list! Is it even possible to complete such a “wardrobe” in our lives? It is if we keep our focus on our Master, and “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) for this is what empowers us to “put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).
During this time of the year a lot of people go through what the internet calls “Costume Anxiety Disorder.” I’m not surprised since according to Psychology Today, “Americans will spend close to $7 billion on Halloween this year… Ironically, adults now spend more money on their costumes than children, by a wide margin ($1.2 billion versus $950 million.)
Fortunately, we need not have such anxiety in our faith life, for just as it is true that God provides for His people in the things of this world, (“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? …Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? …But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-33) so too he is at work in us “through sanctification by the Spirit” (II Thessalonians 2:13) that we may indeed be clothed with the Lord Jesus.
If you dress up for Halloween, enjoy the day, but remember always that as Christians each day we are to wear not a costume, but Christ. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you… Amen.