Holiness or Entertainment, Which One Should I Choose?
I was reading another Christian writer ‘Dr. James Emery White’ giving his reasons why we should read The Harry Potter books. I must say that I can understand the reasoning behind the defense of J.K. Rowling’s books but I still am concerned that we are missing a piece of the puzzle. In his article “Mad About Harry” Dr. James White uses the similarity of the writings of two other authors, C.S.Lewis and J.R. Tolkien in their use of ‘magic, and potions, and wizards, and such, but I still have trouble getting around the Biblical command to avoid these things all together.
“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).”
I am the first one to admit that I read C.S.Lewis and JR Tolkien books and Have watched the films “Lord of The Rings”, and “The Witch and the Ward Robe”. I enjoyed both, but I have not seen any of the Harry Potter films. I have been stopped each time I thought about seeing one and to find out what all the excitement is. I know good Christian people that are biting at the bit to see the next one. I wonder if we have stepped over the line in our acceptance of these types of films.
People that are defending the Harry Potter books are the first ones to condemn the Lord of the Rings films. If I say that I watched the one they say that it is no worse then the other. I like the term ‘no worse’, makes me wonder if they realize that what we are doing may not be as acceptable to God as we think. My point is, are we desensitized to the films that should be an offense to us? I can not believe that a Christian of just 50 years ago would be so flippant about a movie that has witchcraft and sorcery and spells in it? Would they have been willing to risk their relationship to God over a movie that may or may not be bad? I remember when I would hear the verse “ avoid the very appearance of evil”. That statement would stop me in my tracks, and now I try to defend my behavior that was once questionable. If I need to defend it, then I have my answer already.
God gives us grace to make up our own minds on many subjects. The problem is when we are given instructions to avoid certain subjects and we ignore it for entertainment’s sake we are treading on thin ice. We will say that we are bigger then that and we can handle it. We know that witchcraft is wrong but this is ok because I don’t think it is real witchcraft. We want to skate around the issue so we can take pleasure in what was once forbidden.
Now I must ask the question: are we losing our moral compass? Are we allowing the pleasures of this world to stand between us and a real deep intimate relationship with God? Has Holiness taken a back set to entertainment? Where are we heading if we keep to this new road we are on? I for one need to think on these things because I would hate to gain the world only to lose my soul!