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(Mt 9:9-13)
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.

While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.

The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

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@George "I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." I reflect on that sentence with sober humility. I am finishing a halloween video with a Christian point of view. I am not into the "holiday" but most people I know are. My family has an annual halloween party and is planning for it next month despite the virus. In any case, my video is made up mostly of Bible verses. I had to be certain the message does not condemn or insult rather, simply gets a Christian message across. Why not go hard on them? Because I have learned mercy & forgiveness are truly what capture people's attention & keep them from running from you, and calling you a hypocrite. I can be tough & it generally gets me nowhere. But if I am nice and considerate they eat out of my hands. Learning not to judge people and circumstances is a valuable lesson when dealing with people - believers and non-believers alike. In all reality, even though we are considered righteous we know thru out our lives we all fall short many times and do sin, even if it is simply a negative thought. All we can truly do is be consistent in striving to do good and be certain everyone around us knows our hope is in the Lord.

@christine
Amen. Our hope and trust is in the Lord because where else could we go? Definitely not government, cultural icons (Hollywood, sports, etc.), friends / neighbors / family, and importantly not ourselves!

One approach to discuss Halloween is the history lesson tact: "Hey, do you know how Halloween started?" Then explain All Saints Day / All Souls Day and how these were long observed by the Christian world. Halloween really is a secular distortion of and distraction from these important days.

It could be harmless, especially if it is done with Christian elements (e.g. dressing as a Saint) or very harmful if it promotes the occult. Regardless, it does raise the topic of death. Gently, kindly and with charity ask people what happened to their deceased loved ones after they died. Ask them what they think will happen to them when they also die. Ask them what their basis is for their beliefs, is this something that is important, and how can they find answers with any certainty. Suggest this is something they should maybe think about. Pray for them.

@George Halloween as a means for discussing death is an interesting approach. I will consider it. Growing up, it was a perk for Catholic school kids to have the day after halloween off. It was a Holy Day of Obligation. And a day for eating lots of candy. I went to a Pentecostal church a while back and enjoyed the social aspect of the church but got irritated when they put down the Catholic Church because of their Saints and Sacraments. They even put down yoga and karate because of their origins, rather than considering most of us use it as a form of exercise, not worship. And yet, they had a harvest event in which kids could wear costumes and there would be open car trunks filled with candy. Sounds like a halloween celebration to me.

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