by Jeff Strite

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Abuse of Power (5 of 5)
Series: That Ain't Right
Jeff Strite
Deuteronomy 18:9-14

OPEN: Tomorrow is October 31st. It is best known as the day of Halloween, but it also the day on which other significant events have taken place.

- In 1938 Orson Welles broadcast his famous ''War of the Worlds'' that caused much of the United States to become panicked by the possibility that Mars might be invading the world.
- Houdini died on this date in 1926.
- And in 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis (questions) which challenged many of the teachings of the Catholic Church on a church door in Wittenberg. In many protestant churches this day is called ''Reformation Day''.

But as significant as those events in history have been… this is still the season of ''Halloween''. It is a pervasive holiday. In fact, Halloween has literally become a national holiday.

Only Christmas out-earns Halloween.
Only New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday out-party it.
During this time of year, our children can hardly get away from it.

It's part of almost all their cartoons. It's included in nearly all the shows they might watch. It's advertised excessively not only on TV, but also in WalGreens, Wal-Mart, and at the local grocery store. Kids from the neighborhood traipse up and down the street wearing all kinds of outfits, laughing, collecting candy and… frankly having a lot of fun.

But there is a dark side to this ''holiday.''

AandE recently had an hour long program describing the pagan background for much of the activities that traditionally are part of decorations and activities at this time of year.

A lot of kids dress up like cult-figures - demons, witches, and ghouls and goblins.

Many of the TV programs and movies at this time of year focus on death and dismemberment in the most horrid of ways.

AND Police report on a large number of animals who are often ritually sacrificed every year on this date.

It's BECAUSE of this dark side of Halloween that my ...

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