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How Should Christians Think About the ‘Day of the Dead’?

host Adriel Sanchez aired October 26, 2020

Episode 561 Show Notes 

From the Show

It is good to remember our loved ones, and to encourage each other with their memory–there is nothing wrong with that. The church has even done this with some of the martyrs who have lived before us who have faithfully followed and served Jesus. But there is a difference between remembering our lost family in Jesus and idolizing them, making offerings for them, and so on and so forth. Our loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord, do you know where they want us to focus? They want us to fix our eyes on Jesus.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. I’m relatively new in my serious walk with Christ and I’m working on figuring out this new belief system. With that said, I’m not too sure what the scriptures say about man-run politics, how do Christians navigate engaging with those aspects of life, or is the area of church and state only a gray area?

2. A few questions about Luke 6:6-12. This was another “set-up”by the Pharisees about working on the Sabbath who were trying to catch Jesus working. Why did the Pharisees consider healing as a “work”of Jesus? Was this an occupation that had to be refrained from?

3. How do we get our names written in the Lamb’s book of life?

4. With Halloween and other autumnal festivities approaching, I am specifically wondering about the celebration of “The Day of the Dead,”or “Día de Muertos.”I can see why some Christians would be upset by some of the rituals associated with the celebration, but on the other hand it doesn’t seem like special remembrance of family members who have died is such a bad practice. I am curious what you all think about the celebration, and what your advice to Christians is as we encounter Día de Muertos decorations.

5. Does Hebrews 6:4-6 teach that someone who has apostatized cannot come back to the faith?


Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World by David VanDrunen

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe


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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their five children.

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