Forgiven Sinners

Halloween, the day we pretend to be something we are not.

It has always amazed me at how intricate the costumes become each year. I have seen witches, zombies, nurses, Victorian and even fruit costumes. There are costumes that were store bought and costumes that were made.

I remember dressing up one year as Superman and another year as a biker because they seemed to take no guff from anyone, and for one night I could be someone else.

Every Halloween I am reminded of conversations from people, usually outside the church, who say, “Why would I want to join a bunch of people who pretend they are something they are not?”

When I ask what they mean, they often say, “It’s like they put on a mask on Sundays, and the rest of the week they are just like everyone else who sin and do bad things.”

I often find myself smiling, not because I think they are naïve, but because I agree. It does look that way.

What I explain is, yes, it appears this way but in reality when at church we are reminded that all of us have sinned. All of us, myself included.

The difference is we realize God also saved us and forgives us our sins by what His Son Jesus did for us on the cross.

We are not pretending to be something we are not; we are sinners, we are simply forgiven sinners.

Published in Delta Optimist November 2 2012

Photo courtesy of Flickr: Thomas Hawk

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