"men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up & hurry off as if nothing had happened"
MY RULES ON THIS VERY SCORCHED + BARREN TURF
The better part of a decade er so has seen a wildfire debate surrounding anything magical in fiction within the Christian community. Sound familiar? If you have never heard of this, you are the OPPOSITE of sheltered, because only the mainstreamest of mainstreamers would be in waters too deep for this debate to rock. Nope, chances are, you've been in the midst of this debate many a'time, and I'm going to lay down some ground rules for my little post here before cutting to my signature chase.
- i'm not going to tell you which books i think you should read + which i think you should not
- i'm not going to debate magic
- i'm not going to talk about narnia, middle earth, harry potter, percy jackson, i don't even know, world without end, amen
MOSTLY THIS IS MIRRIAM'S FAULT
because she posted a really nice, short + sweet article on the subject of magic in "Christian" fiction. I highly recommend reading it. I'm going to expound upon it. She quoted Spurgeon (always a good idea) -
"the word of God is like a lion. you don't have to defend a lion. all you have to do is let the lion loose, + the lion will defend itself."
The embarrassingly loud, blog-empowered, what-seems-like-often-homeschooled community of very well-meaning Christians consistently, markedly, unconsciously, forget this fact: THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING + ACTIVE, SHARPER THAN A TWO-EDGED SWORD (and considering the majority of these blogging girls seem to have a penchant for ren fairs + all things medieval, they should get this fact, eh wot!)
THE REAL ISSUE IS NOT BOOKS
What you do + do not choose to read, that is not my concern, nor is it the real issue. The real problem is that this community is a quaking, trembling, knee-jerk body of people who - I believe very sincerely - profess to adhere to the guardianship of an almighty, benevolent, ever-present God. It's hard to see your own faults, and it usually takes someone shaking us up to get us to notice where we go wrong, so that's understandable.
but here i am shaking you up
No one exhibits Christ-like behaviour by being too afraid (AFRAID - don't kid yourself, that's what it is, believe me, I know) to read or view a piece of modern magical fantasy. This kind of behaviour doesn't belie a firm anchour in an immutable + indelible Spirit. This behaviour says,
"behold! a sower went out to sow, + as he sowed...[some seeds] fell on rocky places where they did not have much soil, + immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. but when the sun had risen, they were scorched; + because they had no root, they withered away."
Is that it? Are we all, unconsciously, terrified in our heart of hearts that we have no soil + are going to wither at the first expelliarmus? LIGHT OF THE SUN, HOW ABSURD. Is that the kind of faith we have in our beautiful + completely perfect God? Is that the behaviour the sons of God are exhibiting to the scoffing, disbelieving world? THIS IS GUTTINGLY EMBARRASSING, FOLKS.
Again, I do not care what you read or why. Let every book blogger be convinced in her own mind regarding the content of the books she reads. WHAT I AM SAYING IS stop. being. afraid. Be wise. Be circumspect. Test the spirits. Search the Scriptures. But for the sake of the dignity of the people of God,
remember you are free. you are full of the spirit of the living God. no one can take you from his grasp. there is nothing to fear. shake it off. let the word of God fight your battles.
These books are not chemical cults which have no choice but to magically react with your subconscious and fizzle your faith away. No. Stop being afraid. That's all I ask. Stop being afraid. Our God is an AWESOME God. What better bulwark could we have for our souls?
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