Questions and Answers: Harry Potter This Time Around

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Question: Do you think the new Harry Potter Movie is okay for Christians to watch?

Answer: No. I do not. When I checked both www.screenit.com and www.kidsinmind.com, I found both sites note that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One) contains both sex/nudity and profanity. I just really don’t see why any further investigation would be necessary for any Christian, considering that entertainment is an optional part of life; not a requirement, and considering that we are called to think on things that are true, just, honest, pure, lovely, virtuous and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). I sometimes want to ask if Christians are losing their minds to be asking such questions. But then the answer is obvious. We are. We are losing our minds to the devil. And he loves it. You will notice I did not sugarcoat nor tiptoe up to my judgment about this. I just believe we’ve allowed far too much anesthetization by Hollywood in our generation. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7). If Jesus were accompanying you, bodily—in the flesh—would you take him to that movie? Well, He is with you.

One of the Christian universities with which I’m familiar gave late permission for a large group to go and see this movie’s premier. (You really have to wonder about the consistency in that decision, when the battle the university is fighting against the use of pornography and immoral sexuality is one of large proportions.) I know of another group of students who waited for the review to be posted and chose not to go and see it. I know of yet another group who went before the reviews were out, saw for themselves that offensive material was being shown, and got up and left early in the movie. See, there are choices. God’s people don’t have to (and shouldn’t) follow a multitude to do evil (Exodus 23:2).
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