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Friday, December 31, 2010

a little briefcase

I flew into Sam's Club yesterday to grab some fruit. As I was whisking by the front entrance lady and waving my member ID card in her general direction ... she said something to me. I guessed that she didn't see my ID card ... so I slowed down some and flashed my card at her a second time.

"I was wondering if you had something to return," she called.
"Nope," I answered.
"Oh ... I just thought ... the ... bag," she continued and gestured towards this ... this stylish, ultra-cool, bag slung over my arm ... with random stickers for the "finishing touch" ...
"No. Nothing to return. I just have a ... very ... strange ... purse." That was the first thought that came to mind. I didn't tell her that I've been calling it my pink briefcase.

Why the pink briefcase purse??? Several months ago, back when it was nectarine season, I had a nectarine in the tote bag I was currently using. {I am a washable tote bag kind of gal ... no fancy designer purses for me.} Anyway, one of my children happened to kneel on my tote bag and the nectarine got squished of course ... and made a fine mess in the tote. In a pinch and in a hurry, I temporarily transferred most of my stuff into this plastic pink gift bag. I also have blue and green gift bags just like this one ... all ready for the next fruity fiasco ...

But alas ... my out-of-town in-laws ... who didn't even know about my plastic pink briefcase ... gave me this darling tote for Christmas. So I guess it's time to relegate the pink briefcase to the trash can. Farewell ...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

a little witchcraft

One of my husband's realtors wrote this in his Christmas letter about his seven-year-old son ... "He became obsessed with Harry Potter this year." Obsessed??? I'm not sure that's a good thing ...

Furthermore, my oldest two have recently encountered Harry Potter via some of their peers.

So ... it was time to educate myself {and my oldest two kids} about this Harry Potter business. I will only briefly share my findings with you as several sharp minds have already done extensive research and writing about Harry Potter ... and much of this is worth examining for yourself.

Here's my "nutshell" ...

Harry is a wizard with magical powers, a witch. He attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Guess what he learns there??? You're right ... witchcraft! This includes broom riding, spell casting, how to mix potions, and how to concentrate when you want something. Furthermore, he lies, cheats, steals ... and remember ... he is the hero. Harry is not punished for these sins and his teacher even says that rules are made to be broken. The Harry Potter books present a twisted morality TO CHILDREN which doesn't square with the Bible.

Here's a quick glimpse at just one of these books ... "In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there are descriptions of bad behavior, bad language, violence against parents, rebellion against authority. Occult practices like translocation, speaking in a trance, casting spells, fortune-telling, amulets, interpreting omens, witches and wizards, practicing witchcraft, white and black magic, putting curses on people, mind control, engaging with spirits, acting as a medium, contacting the dead, ghosts, astrology, and transfiguration ... are also present." {letusreason.org} Does this list of stuff sound good, wholesome, and edifying??? Of course not.

Some may ask ... well isn't Harry Potter just harmless fantasy??? No, it is not. It crosses over the line of fantasy because it is educating readers about witchcraft/wicca, which is a religion. A false religion. The Supreme Court has declared it to be a religion and the IRS has given it tax-exempt status as a religion. "Both the books and movies are full of occult imagery ... {and} the author herself has said that more than a third of the content of the books is from occult research." {youtube700club}

How does Harry Potter differ from The Chronicles of Narnia??? In the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ... there happens to be a witch character, but the witch is bad. Harry Potter, on the other hand, is purported to be a good witch {of which there is no such thing} and is supposedly using witchcraft and occultic practices to battle evil. God, however, doesn't distinguish between white magic and black magic ... good witches and bad witches. In addition ... lying, cheating, and stealing are not portrayed in a positive light in Narnia. Anyone who reads both of these books would notice that they are very different.

Witchcraft is real and has been gaining many converts as a result of Harry Potter, television shows such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch {and several others}, and all sorts of "how-to" books. You don't have to look long or hard at your local library or bookstore to find a book on wicca. Remember, Satan is alive and active ... seeking to devour and destroy.

What does God say about witchcraft???
Dueteronomy 18:10 has the answer...

What is the big deal??? The big deal is ... should we be consuming this stuff ~ which God abhors ~ as entertainment??? Might our children wonder if casting spells really works and want to try it out for themselves??? They might. Might we open ourselves up to evil influences??? We might.