Once upon a time, I was a practicing Wiccan. I acted like a rebellious teenager and turned my back on God. I participated in pagan religious activities for seven years. There was a time that I was in Wiccan leadership positions, I was an advocate for military chaplains, and I was even involved in Congressional Legislation regarding Wicca being acknowledged as a religion.
After leaving Wicca and re-aligning myself with a Christian walk, I have been very deliberate about pagan influences in my life. I’ve stopped associating with those who were in my life during my pagan days. I am careful about what my family is exposed to. I avoid sections of bookstores. I try not to notice full moons or solstices. I don’t want to slip back into a pagan walk, so I guard myself very carefully in this regard.
Each year, in the weeks leading up to Halloween, I pray extra hard and pay closer attention to the occult/pagan/satanic/societal influences that are happening around me. Over the last few years, I’ve noticed apologetic Christians shining light more on the testimonies of former witches and Satan worshippers. The time of year lends itself to others…and me being more aware.
But in the weeks after Halloween, I often found myself letting my guard down. It’s as though I’m relieved to be passed Halloween and able to focus on the coming celebration of Jesus’ birth.
So here I am. A week after Halloween. Relieved. Guard down. Then I was confronted with a scenario where my pagan past was thrown in my face while I was at work. Something I influenced while practicing Wicca, coming back to a military item that is being considered for display in the museum where I am employed.
I was relieved and yet, I should not have let my guard down. We, as Christians, absolutely must be constantly aware of the spiritual warfare that is always going on around us. Scripture tells us that the enemy is on the prowl….he is always looking to create chaos and destruction in our lives. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
In regard to spiritual warfare, is your guard up for you and your family?
Or are you like me and it’s up sometimes, but also falls down occasionally?
In the coming days, I will be concentrating on specifically praying about our post-Halloween awareness of pagan practices in America. Will you join me?