Tag Archives: Christianity

I like Harry Potter, and Yes…. I’m still a believer!

I don’t usually entertain the complaints criticisms of others, cuz lets face it…. we don’t all agree on everything; but this one I’m going to address.

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! 🙂

Repent later.

Last night I watched the movie, Kingdom of Heaven, with Orlando Bloom playing a knight/blacksmith on his journey to forgiveness to Jerusalem.   While the movie isn’t 100% historically accurate, it does have some redeeming moments. At the very end of the movie, though, comes my favorite line made by a bishop during the siege of Jerusalem by the Muslims. It’s looking pretty desolate on the side of the crusaders, and the line is just…well….ummm… classic… Christianity.

“Convert to Islam, repent later”

And the thing was: he was serious.

It got me thinking about a lot of things: forgiveness, suffering, faith, times of trials, and well, just Christianity in general.

Most of us will not know the faith it requires to stand up for what we believe in during times of life or death.  Many of us do not know persecution in a serious capacity.  The majority of us will probably not have to face being beheaded, killed by the sword, or set on fire for our beliefs.

But we do know the meaning of ‘grace’ and ‘forgiveness’….sometimes a little too well.  How many times have we compromised on the little things, knowing we would be forgiven?  How many times have we done what we knew was wrong, claiming the ‘grace’ of God after?  How many little things add up to become multiple things?

I can sit here and judge the statement this character made, claiming to say something like that, or to even go as far as doing it is just too much; or I can think about all the times I have repented later, after my own trial was over.  Is it any different?

Yes, Grace and Forgiveness are there for us, but we shouldn’t be in such a hurry to search for reasons to use them… I know I’m guilty of that.

%d bloggers like this: