October 31, 2018 John Echols

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Some of my favorite cartoon characters are the gang from Peanuts!

Charlie Brown and company are staples of my holiday viewing. With today being Halloween, here are some thoughts about Linus, the Great Pumpkin, and the truth about who you are.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown originally aired on October 27, 1966 and focuses on Linus and Sally waiting all night for the Great Pumpkin to appear to give them presents (spoiler alert - he never does). Linus seems to have confused Santa Claus with the Great Pumpkin! Because of this, I believe Linus had an epiphany between Halloween and Christmas, because in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Linus' demeanor seems to have changed, and he quotes Scripture about the birth of Christ. Now, I know this is a stretch (especially since It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was released a year after A Charlie Brown Christmas) and it's all just cartoons, but it helps bring me to my point.

If you're asked around this time of year, "What's it like to be a Christian?" You can use a pumpkin to illustrate. Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin; by faith, once you decide that God is who He says He is, and believe Christ died for all your sins (that's your past, present, and future ones) on the Cross, God picks you up from the patch of sin, with all its thorns and weeds, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.

Now this analogy kind of breaks down here, but it allows the truth of God's love for us to be appreciated, because at the end of Halloween, after all the candy is gone, you blow out the candle, and after another day or so, the pumpkin you carved begins to rot and it must be thrown out. However, as a Christian, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit, so your pumpkin (your spirit) will never rot, your light will never fade, and you'll never be thrown out!

Allow this truth to ring forth in your soul today; as a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God, your spirit will never rot, your light will never fade, and you will never be thrown out. May this truth bring joy to your soul.