[cool enough?]

[cool enough?]

My pastor commented my post regarding the Gospel According to Rowling.

“What about the ‘traditional’ Gospels? Not cool enough?”

He doesn’t like Harry Potter (despite my efforts to get him to see the real picture of what is going on there). That little fact aside, I told him that he, too, uses illustrations in his sermons. The only difference is that I use the illustration that he doesn’t like 🙂

However, a lot of people have wondered how on earth do I use something as “secular” (in their opinion) as Harry Potter adventures and say that I can tell the Gospel story using the examples from those books.


Answering my pastor (and those who might wonder here):

The story of the Gospel is so cool, in fact, that the examples are abundant everywhere in our lives – if only you look for examples. 

When I was a kid (well, a pre-teen), I was writing a book called “Preachers’ Helper.” The idea of the book has been simple – illustrations from common daily life that can be applied to Scriptures and later used in sermons. (Unfortunately, when I had about 20 pages of illustrations written down, our old PowerBook G3 crashed… Nonetheless, one day I think I will still write that book).

I don’t know whether it’s a gift of mine or something I simply like to do, but it’s easy for me to see God’s hand and words everywhere. Pigeons, crosswords, books, movies… It’s hard for me to understand how can people NOT see that the way He created this world of ours He left His footprints all over the place – and those are not the kind of traces only a professional Native American would be able to see.

Quoting Helen Steiner Rice:

In everything, both great and small, we see the hand of God in all. His handiwork is all around, in every lovely sight and sound.

  • I remember as a child a book being written called "the Gospel According to Peanuts." It was based on the cartoon strip by Charles Shultz (sp?). I have been taught that we can find illustrations everywhere and anywhere. While I have never read HP (Please don't shoot me lil sis), I say, "Go for it." But please don't tell your pastor. he can probably beat me up. 🙂

    • Hahaha, I won't shoot you 🙂 I only shoot those who tell me not to read it (little do they know that they are exactly the reason I've read Dan Brown and Harry Potter series)… 😀 (Just kidding)

      The Gospel according to Peanuts – heh, sounds fun. I need to look it up sometime 🙂

  • There was a class taught in my college days as a religion student on finding God in modern media. I did not take the class, but I always enjoyed the conversations with students who were in it. They looked at movies such as Star Wars, Shawshank Redemption, etc… Why not Harry Potter too?

    I have not read the books, but I have seen the movies… and don't tell anyone, but I enjoyed them! ;-P

    Having said that, I do not think (based on her own comments) the author's intent was to point to the Gospel.

    • Just saw that your comment did not go through the spam filter… weird 🙂

      I don't think that the intent was to point to the Gospel either – but she used so many examples from there that it stands out – and those examples can be used to share the Gospel with those who have never opened a Bible in their life, yet watched / read Potter.

      What needs to be said, however – (IMHO) – while Rowling did not write Potter in order to point to the Gospel, I don't believe that there is anything in the books that would kill the Gospel (unlike the Golden Compass which was written with one reason in mind – destroy the Narnia imagery)…

  • Hi Zee, it’s interesting here. From one visit I can tell I’m likely to stay. First of all, the “secular” versus “sacred” subject. I ask a question both to myself and to others. What do the scriptures mean to you, “To the pure, all things are pure…?” And, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God?”

    • Thanks for the feedback, Deb! 🙂

      Regarding your question: there are certain things that I do stay away from (for example considering that Philip Pullman publicly said that his reason for writing the Golden Compass series was to denounce the idea of Lewis' Narnia – for me that was one of the factors that I considered when I wondered whether I want to read those books or not… I have abstained from Twilight series as well mostly because I don't get all the excitement over a guy who is a vampire / werewolf… Yet since I haven't read those books, I can't say much), but most of the time, I believe that His truth can be found in a lot of unusual places – if we only look.

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