While waiting in the long and rowdy line for the new Harry Potter book, I was reading my Bible. It troubled me. I read of having nothing to do with the occult, of separating from the world, and of seeking first the Kingdom. The Potter books glorify witchcraft and the occult. I talked to some Christian kids (and adults) in line about it. (There was a great feeling of fellowship, until
the doors opened when it became every Potterite
Me: Do you think the philosophy of the Potter books fits with Christianity? Don't you think it might actually introduce occult ideas into our thinking?Potterite
#1: Chill out, dude. It's like: This is like the coolest story ever. And I'm like reading, not watching TV. These books are getting us reading!
Me: Reading is superior to watching TV...Potterite
#2: I wouldn't go that far.
Me:...As I was saying, but that doesn't make all reading good. Nazis read Hitler's autobiography, you know.Potterite
#1: Hey, Harry Pooter is fiction, a story! What's the big deal?
Me: Paul said to take every thought captive to obey Christ.Potterite
#2: Paul who?
Me: The Apostle Paul, that's who.Potterite
#1: Was he on like "American Idol"?
Me: Do you know what an Apostle is?Potterite
#1: Well, it isn't a character in the Potter books. I know that. I have read all of them twice and have memorized a lot, too. It's like totally cool.
Me: How much of the Bible have you read?Potterite
Me: There are 66 books in the Bible.Potterite
#1: I thought it was one book.
Me: The Bible is made up of sixty-six different books.Potterite
Me: Dude, indeed. But do you think it matters what goes into your mind?Potterite
#2: It's my choice. I have Jesus in my heart and that protects me. He wants me to like have fun.
Me: Where is that in the Bible?Potterite
Me: Exactly. Do you know what the occult
#1 and #2 (in unision
Me: Do you know the meaning of the word "occult"?Potterite
#1: Oh yeah
. I mean, my aunt was in like a cult, I think.
Me: No: Occult, not a cult. Do you know what it means?Potterite
#1: Nope. No clue. Whatever...
Me: It is the use of hidden or secret means to exercise power in the spiritual world apart from what the God of the Bible says. The Potter characters do this all the time.Potterite
#1 and #2 (in unison): Huh!
Me. The Bible tells us to avoid all such practices. See Deuteronomy 18:9-14, for example.Potterite
Me: Lord help me...It is a book in the Old Testament. Deut
#1: I don't remember hearing about this in church. Are you sure it is in the Bible?
Me: Positive. But what do you hear in your church?Potterite
#1: My pastor quoted a book that said Harry Potter books were cool and that they teach a lot of good spiritual things. He even showed a video clip from a Potter movie. He is sooo
Me: What was the pastor's main point?Potterite
#1: I forgot, but the clip was awesome.
Me: Well, I need to blow my cover. I am not really waiting for a Harry Potter book. I'm here to challenge your thinking. It is obvious
you haven't thought any of this through. Neither have your parents. If you want to get serious read Richard Abanes's
book, Harry Potter and the Bible or his newer book, Harry Potter, Narnia, and Lord of the Rings.Potterite
#2: Are either one best-sellers?
#2: Then why buy them?
Me: It is time for me to leave--and pray.
[If you didn't get it by now, this story is fictional, but it still relates truths. Call it a parable.]