To quote or not to quote? That has been the church ministry question. I’ll take a step out on the proverbial limb here to? ask, “What? WAS the fuss all about?”?
Its been 10 years+ since my SP and I looked at each other on a Sunday morning before? the service began? and he asked, “What about? this Harry Potter stuff?” My reply:? “I’ll? read the first books,? see the movie, and report? to you on what? the hala-balu is all about. Pray for me.”
I went about my mission under the cover of darkness. Imagine me in a trench coat and? dark glasses sneaking into the theater. On second thought,? don’t ‘cuz that’s? a? creepy picture. Seriously,? I did take? my movie money? to an unamed movie? location in another city. I didn’t want to cause a stir at the church. Again. I mean, apparently seeing this movie was paramount to turning in your Christian card. Spells would start generating themselves from my personage upon exiting the theater.
That didn’t happen. I became a fan, read all the books? and watched? each movie multiple times. (Except the new one;? its only been out a week so I’ve only manage to see it once). I’ve? had a delightful? time over the Harry Potter years, letting my? imagination run wild through castles,? on dragons and at the big feasts where the dirty dishes just disappeared!?
About 5 years ago, I wanted to show a very short movie clip in our contemporary service; no biggie because we show clips every week from current? movies.? Usually, the SP loved our team’s clip choices? and never vetoed anything. Until THIS? clip. It was from? an HP movie about? being influnced by the company you keep.? Misguided loyalties, etc.? He nixed the clip because it was from Harry Potter. Even though? we’d shown movie clips about thieves, liars, adulterers, dishonest Presidents, murderers, etc., an HP clip where the key players were wizards crossed the line. I respected his decision; somehow I knew he was gonna say what he said.
I don’t really have a huge point here. This is not desire for a big debate. Just a quiet musing from me and? I’m? not sure exactly what my point is. I? guess I’m heading towards this: 1) I haven’t seen an influx of y students practicing spells and making polyjuice potion.? ? 2) I saw kids show an interest in reading? who? wouldn’t pick up a book otherwise. 3) The Church still seems to have bigger problems? than censoring Harry Potter fans.? 4) HP7-part 1 and 2 had a few story lines that seemed awfully close to referencing Biblical? principles.? Several times, I found myself? what JKR was trying to say. ?
Lesson to be learned? IDK. Maybe keep our eyes on the Main thing and not get distracted by? the small stuff in church family life.