Black Cats Aren’t Scary

The Story Behind Black Cats Aren’t Scary

“As Boris discovers in the story, the only way to change hearts is to always act in love. Nothing is more powerful than love because God IS love!” — Harrison Woodard

Background – The Christian Halloween Story Black Cats Aren’t Scary is set during Halloween when Boris encounters fear, prejudice and superstition surrounding black cats and the holiday.

Black cats seem to get singled out during the Halloween season, sometimes in very evil ways. For this reason, many parents with black cats keep them indoors and out of harm’s way until Halloween has passed.

The story concept had been bouncing around my head for many months. With Boris being a black cat, a Halloween story seemed like a natural. I just did not have the right Christian message.

While meditating one day, I started thinking about how God reacts to all the people who reject him. I remembered an incident a few weeks earlier when I was with two atheists who were mocking my faith. They called Christianity a “fairy tale” and had other things to say in an effort to embarrass or hurt me. They weren’t rejecting me. They were rejecting Christ. It might have been out of fear, or emotional pain, but they were rejecting the one person that could give them peace, freedom and wholeness.

I just felt compassion for them. I assume in the same way Jesus felt compassion for those that rejected and crucified him. He knew that they are simply blinded by the evil one. No matter what they did to Jesus, he would still love and forgive them. His death and resurrection was the ultimate love act, bringing redemption to all who would accept it.

Ultimately, people have to make the choice for themselves whether to believe Jesus or reject him as their Savior. There is no middle ground. You are either for God or against Him. But God in His great mercy will protect your free will all the way to hell.

As long as you live on this earth, you have the opportunity to “switch teams.” As Christians, God has delegated to us the power along with authority to influence and encourage people to turn to Christ. So what is the secret to doing this effectively? As Boris discovers in the story, the only way to change hearts is to always act in love. Nothing is more powerful than love because God IS love.

Summary – The story begins with Boris seeing images of scary black cats while looking in store windows. And then he meets people who call him evil or bad luck. This of course is very troubling. Boris knows that none of this is true. God made him and he is not evil.

As these thoughts continue to trouble him, he turns to God for an explanation. God helps Boris see how love can overcome all fear and prejudice.

When Boris has a chance to see some of the people that were afraid of him, his act of love changes their attitude.

Did You Know? – Many shelters have stopped adopting black cats during the month of October. And although statistics are hard to locate, there does seem to be some truth to the stories of abuse targeting black cats.

Boris, the real one, does enjoy his forays into the dark. But during the Halloween season, He only gets supervised trips outside. If you have a cat and especially a black one, I would encourage you to keep a watchful eye on your furry friend during the Halloween season.

The story was illustrated by Donna Rosin.

Biblical Theme – I usually go to God’s Word for inspiration for each story. Here are the verses selected for Black Cats Aren’t Scary.

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Do to others as you would have them do to you. — Luke 6:27-28, 31

There were many verses that I could have selected, but I thought this was the very best fit. God is love. When you show love to others they are seeing a glimpse of what God is like. And as the scripture tells you, love NEVER fails.

Hope you enjoy the story. Happy Halloween!