[why do you live?]
Voldemort asked that question of Harry Potter, the famous “Boy Who Lived”, face-to-face.
“Why do you live?”
“Because I have something worth living for.”
This is a $1,000,000 question… or actually, even more than that. I feel sorry for the person who never faced that question – the life would be meaningless, bland, worse than a prison soup (not that I’ve tried it, but when I think of something disgusting, I think of that…)…
The good news – we have something worth living for. Something, someone – those are the spices of the existence. And this life – it’s only the prep for the real adventure. Here we learn, there we shall live. Those are great news that need to be shared with whoever we meet.
However, I don’t know about you – you might be blessed with the gift of evangelizing. I am not – at least not in the traditional sense of it. But I have been given this addiction for reading and seeing lessons to be learned in all those books.
After watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 three times and re-reading the book right now (and being criticized by many for doing it), I can’t help but wonder… how can people miss the obvious great things about this epic?
However, I guess if people can be so blind that they cannot see God in everything around us (and inside of us), if they still choose to believe that Big Bang was just one magnificent accident…
I’ve heard kids talk about Harry Potter a lot lately and I so long to share the magnificent God-truths with them using those movies / books… but usually all I get is stares from adults who have been trained to say that the books are bad. Just today, at the Kids’ Club, one of the kids asked if anyone has seen the movie – I said “Yep.”
One gal said, “Those movies are bad.”
I asked “Why?”
“Women said so.”
I tried hard not to roll my eyes (and I do not think I succeeded). I couldn’t help it. WOMEN SAID SO?! What kind of reasoning is that? If you have serious objections to the movie / books, please share them with me. But to be honest, in 10 years that Harry has been popular, not ONE argument survived real inspection. The only honest reason not to watch those movies / read books was “I don’t really like the genre” – and that’s the only reason that makes sense to me.
The point of this post is simply that I wish people would not be so quick in their judgements… because they might be prohibiting something that is one of God’s tools.
This sort of reminds me of the passage that I’ve recently read in Acts. This comes from chapter 5, where Gamaliel, the great teacher of the Law, addresses the Sanhedrin regarding the fact that Jesus’ disciples were preaching in the Temple.
“If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”
I am not saying that Harry Potter is the new Bible – and I will never say that. But why are people so bent on denying a great tool that can be used to evangelize people? This is that thing all over again: instead of going out to people and using something they already know to show them the Way, we are trying to draw them in using things that are completely foreign to them.
End of Rant.
All I want to ask… don’t dismiss these books as something that will ruin your “good Christian record” or whatever. Please.