Before I begin, let me just say that this is not a research paper on Harry Potter or on Lord of the Rings. This post is a rant. This post is me letting of steam. This post is my response to my children being told hateful things by other Christian children. I know these children really aren’t the ones to blame. They are just spouting off what they hear mom and dad say over the dinner table.
For example, one day my daughter enters the house and tells me that her playmate said that because she had a peace sign on her shirt it meant that she worshipped Satan. Excuse me. What kind of things are parents telling their children? I don’t think we need to worry about anyone worshipping Satan, but we do need to worry about people passing judgement on one another.
As we know, our culture is permeated with signs and symbols from all sources and cultures and religions from all over the world. I do not have the time to study every symbol that I see and wonder where it came from. I have bigger fish to fry.
It seems however that many Christians are consumed with this type of information and fancy themselves as the watchdog for everyone else. Well, no thank you. I don’t need or want any unsolicited opinions, and I don’t need or want anyone watching out for me and my family. If I am in a relationship with someone and they want to speak truth into my life, then I welcome it. But if not, please keep it buttoned down. And tell your kids to do the same. These types of comments and judgements are hurtful not only to my children, but to me as well. They come across as Pharisaical. These remarks also separate our children and can make one child feel like they are better than the other. I always tell my kids that all families are different and that it is okay. We shouldn’t pass judgement on another family because of how they decide to structure their lives or if they do or do not read Harry Potter or have peace signs on their T-shirts.
And now recently, my youngest son was sporting a lightening bolt on his head because he was dressed up like Harry Potter. A kid informed him that he was wearing Satan’s tatoo. Truly, this kind of thing really ticks me off. Where in the world did that parent see Satan and his tatoo?
I am aware of the controversy surrounding Harry Potter books and movies. I am aware that the author has a different worldview than my own. I am aware that some parents allow their kids to read the books and some do not. I am okay with this. I understand both positions. But if we as parents are going to insinuate to our children that their friends who read Harry Potter have anything to do with Satan or the worshipping of him, then we are sadly way off the mark. If my family ever decides to worship Satan, I will blog about it or put it on facebook so everyone will know. But until then, rest assured that we still worship Jesus, peace sign or not, lightening bolt or not. Believe me, I am guilty of way more heinous sins and I can cast no stones.
And one more thing. Why in the world do the books Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Narnia, The Hobbit and books such as these get a free pass when it comes to magic? They are loaded to the gills with magic. I have never read Harry Potter, but my son is reading the books now and he tells me that Harry Potter never practices evil just like Gandalf doesn’t practice evil. The evil characters in those books do the evil stuff. Harry Potter and Gandalf work to do good. According to scripture I wasn’t aware that there were acceptable vs. unacceptable forms of witchcraft. I thought it was all supposed to be wrong.
With all that said, I hope I didn’t offend any of you with my rant. If you are a mother reading this, you know how hurtful it can be to have your child come into the house crushed by a child’s foolish and cruel remarks. Our words truly do wound. My son’s Satan tatoo was only a lightening bolt drawn on his forehead with a red washable Crayola marker. There was nothing magical or Satanic about it. So there.
With all my heart,