, Corbin, KY


November 1, 2013

‘The difference between make-believe and true faith’

CORBIN — If you have been following along with my columns over the past year, you’ll know I’m a fan of the hit TV series, “Duck Dynasty.”

The show focuses on the redneck Robertson family who own and operate a multi-million dollar duck call company.

Throughout the series, the family has made it known they are devout Christians, and understand they couldn’t have gotten to where they are without faith in God.

So each week, there is usually some plot or lesson from Duck Dynasty that inspires me.

Last week’s episode was no exception and really fits in nicely with what I wanted to talk about this week.

Most of the Robertsons were getting excited and planning for their Halloween party. However, Phil, who is the patriarch of the family, mentioned how he was not a fan of the pagan holiday.

Eventually, he caved in and went along with it once he realized his wife was baking delicious cupcakes.

But the coolest part of the show to me was at the very end when Phil delivered his traditional prayer over the dinner table. He prayed, “Thank you, Father, for giving us the knowledge of knowing the difference between make-believe and true faith. Through Jesus I pray, Amen.”

I was actually watching that episode with my wife, Carmen, and we both thought it was a neat thing for him to bring up in prayer.

Personally, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with having some fun and fellowship around this time of the season.

Last night, for instance, I dressed up as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle while giving out candy at my church’s Trunk-or-Treat event.  

There were similar events all across the Tri-County where folks were dressing up out in the community while having fun with people they may not otherwise see on a daily basis.

In this case, it is a really great opportunity to share with children — and other adults — about God.

It is easy to get caught up in some of the the Halloween traditions though. Which is why it is very important we remember to do as Phil said and know the difference between make-believe and true faith.

We have to keep in mind that fictitious characters such as ghosts and witches are not real.

There is no such thing as ghosts. When you leave this earthly home, you go to one of two places. Neither of those places is floating around here in old houses.

And witches and witchcraft are tools the devil has thrown at us to make us believe someone could possess God-like powers.

All of these things tend to be glorified during this holiday so it’s important to understand that it is all make-believe.

Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”

This is absolutely great advice for when we participate in Halloween festivities.

We should take advantage of the good as community events are great times to share Christ. While doing so, we just have to be sure we know “the difference between make-believe and true faith.”

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at

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