Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 22)
Refusal Of Magic*
There shall not be found among you anyone... who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord...
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NASB)
You are wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, those who prophesy by the stars, those who predict by the new moons, stand up and save you from what will come upon you.
Isaiah 47:13 (NASB)
In my before Christ years, my daughters and I watched TV shows like Charmed and Buffy. To us, they seemed like good, clean fun. We saw nothing wrong with these bewitching beauties. Didn't they use their special powers to help people?
Maybe on the surface, but consider two problems:
1) Confusion of good and evil: 'Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness' (Isaiah 5:20). By media, children learn to trust witches and warlocks, mentalists and magicians. Will they trust them in real life? Because Satan is sly. He will not woo our wee ones with a ghoulish appearance. 'For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.' (2 Corinthians 11:14). By uncensored exposure to delightful devils, have parents 'Sacrificed their children to their idols' (Ezekiel 23:39)?
2) Promotion of bad advice: 'When they say to you, 'Seek those who are mediums and wizards...' Should not a people seek their God?' (Isaiah 8:19). Soliciting the spiritual counsel of fortune-tellers is not new. 'Saul died for his unfaithfulness... because he did not keep the Word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance' (1 Chronicles 10:13). What's new is media's worldwide glamorization of occult superstars: 'For by your sorcery all the nations were deceived' (Revelation 18:23).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In my studies of the Bible, I find Words and examples to support cultural flexibility. Joseph, Daniel and Esther are among God's heroes who respected the rules of idol-worshipping nations, but never sold out their fundamental devotion to God. By them, kings were changed and lives were saved.
However, on the subject of magic, mediums and spiritual activity outside of God, I see no leeway. No fine line. No middle ground. No license at all. The Old and New Testaments unite in their complete condemnation of lucky charms. To me, luck is short for Lucifer, and charm without God is a spell.
Your hard choice: If you're offered a hot role in a cool show that glamorizes the occult, my advice would be polite refusal. Soldiers must know their enemy, no matter how cleverly disguised or commonly accepted.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion: Christian Pitfalls (Sorcery): http://amtcdevotions.org/christian-pitfalls-part-21-sorcery
* Previous AMTC Devotion series: Monster High: http://amtcdevotions.org/monster-high-part-1
* Previous AMTC Devotion series: Tough Questions For Christian Performers (The Occult): http://amtcdevotions.org/tough-questions-for-christian-performers-part-15-the-occult
* Previous AMTC Devotion series: The Occult (PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED): http://amtcdevotions.org/the-occult-part-1-parental-discretion-advised-on-links-below
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.