Long time, no see. I’ve been slacking on the blog lately. I had a situation tonight that has spurred me to write again, mainly because I need to vent but also because I need a reality check. Am I crazy? That is the question. I ask myself this question often actually because my logic continues to be misaligned with the logic (or lack of logic) in others.
In one of my many Christian homeschool Facebook groups, a mom posted a question asking if there is anything questionable in Harry Potter from a Christian viewpoint. Nineteen people beat me to the punch in answering and all of them shouted a resounding, “NO!” and told about how much they love the series although they admitted there were some cuss words and homosexual innuendos at times.
No one mentioned the fact that the entire series is about sorcery which is sternly warned against in the Bible as a evil thing. So, I simply said this in one sentence. I mean that is the main thing that’s questionable from a Christian perspective, right? Why is no one bringing this up? My exact words were, “The entire series is about sorcery so yes it is questionable.”
I proceeded to be attacked by about 15 “Christian” ladies who fed me every illogical line of defensiveness and justification that they could muster (reminiscent of my conversations with “Christians” regarding Fifty Shades of Grey…but I digress). They said things like, “Reading about sorcery isn’t a sin. Being a sorcerer is a sin.” For a second I considered whether or not this had any validity.
But then I realized that this same person had earlier commented to the original question that there wasn’t too much bad language and if there had been, her children wouldn’t have been allowed to read it. Huh? Reading bad words isn’t bad, right? As long as you don’t SAY them, right? She also said that the homosexual part wasn’t made obvious. Okay. So what if it was? Reading about homosexual acts isn’t bad as long as you don’t do them, right? I’m just applying her logic. She was speaking out of both sides of her mouth!
Let’s take it a step further. Okay, so the Bible doesn’t explicitly say that it’s a sin to read books for pure entertainment in which the good guy is a sorcerer. Agreed. But it does say that sorcery is evil (II Chron 33:6, Mal 3:5, Gal 5:20, Rev 18:23, Rev 21:8). It does say that everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial (I Cor 10:23). It does say that God wants us to be hot or cold, not lukewarm (Rev 3:16). It does say that we are to be separate from the world. I could go on and on. If you combine all of these Scriptures, that is essentially what’s being said. Again I ask, am I crazy? Or are you picking up what I’m putting down?
The sad thing is that they loved their Harry Potter books so much that they were willing to hurt a sister in Christ in order to defend them and ultimately led me to leave the group. The truth hurts – sometimes it hurts the person speaking it as much as the person hearing it. The truth is that my truthful answer to an honest question left others feeling defensive because they read, watch, and enjoy the Harry Potter series. They attacked me in an effort to feel better about what they were doing, to somehow justify it. However, their logic didn’t flow. They were speaking out of both sides of their mouths in an attempt to excuse their choices.
In this particular situation, it’s easy for me to point the finger. But if I turn the finger around at myself, I have to ask myself if I have ever been guilty of doing what they’re doing. Not reading Harry Potter, but justifying my poor choices with extreme defensiveness that hurts people and God.
It has me wondering…what I am holding tightly to that I shouldn’t be? Is there something that I love more than Christ or more than my brothers and sisters in Christ? Where are you and I making arguments to defend what we want to do rather than facing the truth that we just shouldn’t be doing it?
No doubt it’s extremely difficult to be separate from the world yet live in it and love those in it. We all fall short of this. I pray that when my shortcomings are pointed out to me that I will say, “You are right. Thanks for having the guts to tell me. Pray for me that by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will overcome.” Let’s stop justifying and excusing away our poor choices. We don’t want to be like Hilary Clinton who cannot take responsibility for her bad behavior. We can’t change what we don’t admit. When we are called out, let’s just be brave enough to admit it.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps 51:10). May this be the cry of our hearts. May we seek the Lord above all else. May we be brave enough to be different.