Jake Rinard points to a WND article about a Wiccan group asserting that Harry Potter is increasing interest in witchcraft, and asks “why Christian parents are even letting these [Harry Potter] books and movies around their kids”.
Christ taught that what a man sows, that shall he also reap. So it’s not surprising that if we sow seeds (or allow them to be sown) of witchcraft, we’ll reap that harvest. According to WND, the spells and magic in Harry Potter is strikingly similar to actual Wiccan witchcraft.
To answer Jake’s question – why do we Christians tolerate this, particularly when it comes to our children?
I think it boils down to a lack of separation from the world. The Bible calls us to “come out from among them, and be ye separate” (2 Cor 6:17). But you don’t hear that preached very much anymore. Instead we’re warned against forming a “holy huddle”. We’re told we need to “engage the culture” or “hug people up close to Jesus”. If you suggest that maybe a Christian ought to maintain some degree of separation from worldly things and worldly people, you’re indignantly asked “just how do you expect to lead anyone to the Lord that way?”
I can’t argue against the idea that Christians must engage the culture at some level, and that monasticism is probably quite what Jesus had in mind when He sent us to evangelize the world.
However, in 21st century America, it seems to me that we’re not in any actual danger of becoming too withdrawn. We could become much more withdrawn from the world, and still be more than involved enough.
Our lack of separation from the world is not due to any lofty spiritual goals. It’s worldliness and carnality. We don’t separate from the world because that’s too hard, and anyway, we like the world. We want to watch what the lost watch, read what they read, listen to what they listen to, do what they do, dress like they dress, and so on. Or we come up with Christian imitations of worldly things. In all cases, we insist on having fun and fully enjoying our Christian liberty.
Consider this admonition from Titus 2 (emphasis added)
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
If only we took this seriously.