by Charisse Graves
Follow the fruit…
The Harry Potter book series was marketed through Scholastic Books to their target group of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, through sales at school book fairs as well as use in the classroom. Scholastic gives a place of honor to John Dewey (Oct. 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) on their website for good reason. John Dewey would have delighted in being able to place a wedge between Muggle parents and their magical children. Mr. Dewey’s intent was always for the educational system to have more sway in children’s minds than their parents. The truthXchange published an article by Steve Baarendse on September 23, 2011 entitled “The Muggles’s Protest”.3 It is a warning and a plea to the Christian community about the inherent dangers of Harry Potter.
Does the average 7-12 year old child possess the wisdom, discernment or maturity to navigate through a minefield of Neopaganism presented charmingly under the guise of “fiction”? The majority of these children do not even come from Christian homes so what is their world view and perception of Harry Potter? Who will guide them?
Should we immerse our children’s minds in a world that essentially inoculates them to the obvious signs and symbols of the occult? Are they not being desensitized to what should be seen and recognized as satanic and demonic? Calling that which is evil good?
Children looking up Harry Potter on the internet can follow the bread crumbs right to the witches shack (website) where they can be instructed on spells that are “real”.
Tabletalk Magazine (Ligonier Ministries) featured an article Nov. 1,2014 by Dr. Peter Jones. The following is Dr. Peter Jones Bio:
Dr. Peter Jones is scholar in residence at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, Calif. He is director of truthXchange, a communications center aimed at equipping the Christian community to recognize and effectively respond to the rise of paganism.
The book, On Global Wizardry: Techniques of Pagan Spirituality and a Christian Response, compiled and edited by Dr. Peter Jones, again highlights the dangerous aspects of allowing a developing child to become engrossed in Neopaganism through the influence of Harry Potter.
There has been a significant increase in those identifying as Wiccan, Pagan and participating in witchcraft, etc. since the introduction of Harry Potter. That trend has continued every year since, and many in the craft are crediting the interest to the curiosity stirred by the books. I am convinced by Scripture that Harry Potter is at the very least “potentially” spiritually dangerous to our children’s souls and can provide footholds, strongholds and fortresses for the enemy in their impressionable minds.
As Christians, we should have a love for the arts and the beauty that God has extended to His creation. However, we need to be discerning using Scripture as our plumb line.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NASB)
This is a wishful, imaginative poem from my heart for Harry’s transformation.
A Reformed Harry
Dear Lord, I kneel before Your throne,
Your amazing grace has brought me home.
Your precious Word has caused me to see,
the wretched sin entangling me.
I repent of my wicked and wayward path,
the witchcraft and wizardry that leads to Your wrath.
My previous self under Satan’s control,
was used to deceive the unaware soul.
I am a new creature now in Christ,
He has removed every sin and given me life.
Please allow me to be a beacon in the dark,
leading dear children to follow Your heart.
So let me now in Thankfulness bring,
praise and glory to the only King of Kings!
18 Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. 19 And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing. Acts 19:18-20 (NASB)
Beloved, if you are still unconvinced by Scripture that Harry Potter is forbidden fruit, may we consider, ponder and meditate on one parting Scripture for the children…
23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NASB)
A bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, Charisse Graves
Soli Deo Gloria!