This past week I’ve made various Harry Potter references on fb, twitter, etc. in accordance to the movie coming out (which I did go see last night and loved!) Because of that, I’ve received “I’m worried about you” notes, been quoted verses from the Bible, and “friendly” reminders of how believers shouldn’t partake in sorcery and witchcraft.
Let me just re-assure you:
I do not practice sorcery.
Let me also remind you that Harry Potter is FICTION!
Believe me, I understand that witchcraft and sorcery are real and serious issues that do exist…. I lived in an area of Africa where they still sacrificed children to the witchdoctor… so I’m not underestimating dark forces. A few thoughts though:
1. Instead of judging and banning, like Christians tend to want to do, why can’t we use it as a learning tool? For me, I’m pretty sure by age 35, I can differentiate between real and imaginary. Maybe your ten year old cannot. So use this opportunity to explain the real issues behind the story.
2. Good versus evil. If you haven’t read any of the books or haven’t seen the movies, then let me say this: The underlining theme of the entire series is good versus evil. Evil isn’t glorified. Evil doesn’t prevail. Evil is fought by good every step of the way. If anything, it teaches us to take a stand against evil… and if this doesn’t sound familiar, maybe you’ve heard of a little series called LORD OF THE RINGS. (And I do recall it was written by a believer and the main Good Guy was a ….. wizard?!?)
3. Personally speaking, it does bother me when people try to make me feel like less of a believer because I enjoy reading these books. I have devoted the last ten years of my life to mission work and serving God, yet people choose to dwell on this issue. Really?!? I am on the front lines everyday. I see evil every time I walk down my street , yet they still want to point out my lack of “Christian-ness” to me? Everyone is entitled to like or dislike something. Not everyone needs to love Harry Potter like I do. Not everyone needs to agree with me on why I think the books are ok. Even my own mom doesn’t like them at all (but I won’t hold that against you, mom. hehehehee)
That being said, I better get out my broomstick and fly away, cuz I’m sure I’ve offended some of you out there (and I’m sorry if I did). Enjoy your week! 🙂