Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What's up with Harry Potter?

"I don't think they are all that bad."

"They are a path to much more evil things."

"What's the big deal, they are great books!"

"At least my kid is reading."

These are just some of the things Christian parents have said regarding the Harry Potter series. This has been an issue for the past 3-4 years as the books and movies have become ever more popular. So what's the big deal?

You yourself may have read one of the books or seen the movies (my wife and I have seen all of them so far). In fact, what appears to be the darkest movie to date will be released on July 13th to a possible record setting weekend. You can check out the trailer for yourself at the main Harry Potter Website.

Numerous national christian leaders, including Chuck Colson, have basically given the green light on Harry Potter; while others have warned against it. Parents and Teachers, it is essential you are aware of what is happening in the lives of children!Here are numerous other links for you to check out the various opinions about HP for you to check out:

Well, like it or not, the "Harry Potter Phenomenon" WILL impact your kids at some point in time. I just heard Universal Studios is going to be constructing a Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando. Also, filming is set to begin for the next film this Summer. When I was living in Colorado, I subbed in the public schools to make extra income. Harry Potter books are likely THE most popular books to be checked out of the library. Teachers allow the kids to use them for their reading assignments. That is not to put down public schools, but to make you aware that it does exist.

Whatever you do, you must make a choice on this! One of the main messages of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is that our kids DO learn from us, whether we realize or not. God calls us to be intentional in that discipling. Should this be left up to chance?


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