I’m taking an extended break from ministry activities
(a sabbatical) – so this is a pre-scheduled post for your edification.
I have to admit – I love a good story. I love stories that include elements of the supernatural (there’s so much we still can’t explain… except to say, “In the beginning, God…”). I love stories that mix the two.
In line with that bent, I played Dungeons and Dragons (c) when I was a kid (GASP!). I read fantasy novels (Piers Anthony, Isaac Assimov, others…). I loved the first Star Wars movies (the first one came out when I was around 8 years old).
But as a Christian parent, I’ve had to re-think a lot of that, because of the two extremes that have cropped up in modern Christianity (in America at least… I wonder if they are so concerned about it in Africa, or Asia, or Indonesia?) On the one side you get genuinely concerned parents, trying to appropriately lead their children to a right understanding of the world, the supernatural, and the mixture of the two. On the other, you find parents who are deathly afraid that their kid might hear about a person named Harry Potter and slide down the slippery slope into witchcraft and wizardry themselves.
So what’s a Christian parent to do?
Honestly, I think there’s WAY too much hype over this issue in some quarters, and not enough wise-thinking parents teaching their children HOW to think, rather than WHAT to think. So in that vein, I give you THIS article by N.D. Wilson on the subject. I found it very helpful!