Friday, June 5th, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 18)
Denounce Ghost Stories *
I will be a swift witness against sorcerers...
Malachi 3:5 (NKJV)
When I was a girl, I went to camp. We did the usual camp stuff: hiking, paddling and sitting around fires telling ghost stories. Mostly, the storytellers were counselors, teenage girls who led us.
But one story went wrong. It was about a monster who ate kids. I can't remember the details, but we were terrified. When we went to bed that night, our counselor left for a short meeting.
One girl started crying, and fear spread like a fire. Another wheezed, 'I can't breathe.' The rest of us were tied to our bunks like the floor might swallow us. Finally, I dragged myself to the door and yelled for help. Pretty silly by today's terms.
In the 21st century, our kids are coached by conjurers, educated in evil and diplomaed in demonology. At first, brutes look beautiful. It's a course designed to confuse by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2).
Don't get me wrong. God is supernatural and Jesus was a supernatural Hero. C.S. Lewis is a favorite author, and the Chronicles of Narnia are classics: wondrous tales of good versus evil.
My problem is when evil is glamorized as a cool way to live. 'Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter' (Isaiah 5:20). Isn't this a prime storyline in media?
Actors, models and talent for Christ, many Books of the Bible foretell it: Jesus is coming back with a vengeance against every type of evil, including necromancy.**
I understand you walk a tight rope of roles in entertainment. If asked, God will keep you balanced in this mission field. So pray over each part you are offered. But where glamorizing evil is concerned, don't help ghost stories stand as the truth. Because they won't and they aren't.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion series, Monster High: http://amtcdevotions.org/monster-high-part-1
* Pervious AMTC Devotion, Sorcery: http://amtcdevotions.org/christian-pitfalls-part-21-sorcery
* Previous AMTC Devotion series, The Occult (parental discretion advised): http://amtcdevotions.org/the-occult-part-1-parental-discretion-advised-on-links-below
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Fortune Tellers: http://amtcdevotions.org/fortune-tellers
** I use this big word (necromancy) for magic on purpose. In Greek, nekros means dead corpse. But the modern word 'romance' is tied into it: as in Roman gods, as in its root of storytelling. So I believe through media, evil is romancing us to no good purpose.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.