Sunday, October 21st, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 15)
And when they say to you, 'Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,' should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?
Isaiah 8:19 (NKJV)
And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.
Leviticus 20:6 (NKJV)
By your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
Revelation 18:23 (NKJV)
If lust and violence are mega themes in media, then the occult has risen into third place. It grew from a hand writing on the wall in the '60s (Dark Shadows, Bewitched) to the third arm of an unholy trinity in the 21st century--with too many movies, shows, and books to count.
Most tragic is the inoculation of our wee ones with bad, unclean fun. A British invasion called Harry Potter took over the world. Similarly, the children's god called 'Disney' blessed the path to enchantment by dressing up devils to look like darlings; consider 'The Wizards of Waverly Place' and 'My Babysitter's a Vampire.'
With teen heartthrobs catching the attention of millions of girls in shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries, God's performers are forced to consider...
Tough Question #15: Is it permissible to be involved with a show glamorizing the occult?
The answer to this tempting question depends on who is issuing the permit: God or man. In searching the Bible and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, I find breathing room for many tough questions--enabling Christian performers to rise in entertainment. Enabling them to be lights in dark places.
But I find no breathing room here. None at all. Therefore, I vote 'No, never.' I hate the occult. I hate Halloween.
Growing up liberal, committing to Christ late, and cherishing a non-condemnatory love for all performers, I find absolutely no place in the Bible to knowingly glamorize or white-wash the occult in any form: Not tarot cards, not fortune cookies, not horoscopes, not palm readers, and especially not beautiful witches and vampires that make evil look good.
They confuse the innocent, and God clearly hates it. Therefore, so do I.
To Be Continued...
To read more, please see The Occult series, published August 30 - September 4, 2011.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.