I've known a lot of Bible-thumpers who are convinced that the Devil wants to steal children's souls through the use of pokemon cards and Harry Potter books! They warn against these evil ploys of Satan & encourage lots of paranoia and protectionism to keep us all safe from the Devil ruining our families!
I cannot help but imagine that the Devil himself laughs at this type of stuff. You sit there all self-satisfied that you've protected yourself and your family from the Devil because you dont have no 'new age' music, you dont go to Lily Dale and get your palms read, you don't celebrate Halloween (the Devil's B-Day? LOL) you don't let your kids read Harry Potter etc. You think Pentegrams are scary-a pentegram is nothing but a design, Harry Potter is a make-believe children's story, and pokemon cards, oh geez, do I really have to distinguish that with a response?
The Devil THRIVES on your anger, your bitterness, your harsh words, the ways that you act that HURT your family or make your children feel small and un-loved. He doesn't need you to be drawing pentegrams and calling yourself a warlock. He is perfectly pleased and has you right in his grasp when you are self-righteous, self-satisfied, mean-spirited, and small.
A part of me would like to get into relevant details. BUt I'm trying to resist that temptation, partially because often the ways in which your own family plays into the Devil's hands can be unique to your family and if I bring up an example, you'll just excuse your own practices.
My point is this-wake up and stop being so out of touch. There are HORRRRIBLE things happening to people in this world every day and most of them don't have anything to do with Harry Potter! WHy not take a stand against slavery and persecution in the middle-east and Africa? WHy not take a stand against child abuse and mind control practiced by so many sickos in this country? WHy not try to help those who are struggling with addictions or depression? Why not help the fatherless and the widows and the poor?
Satan is waging war on us, and we THINk were fighting back as we wage war on imaginary enemies like pokemon cards! LOL Poeple even write books about this stuff. Are you kidding me? People are struggling, people who have been raped or beaten or thrown onto the streets, people who have been addicted to alcohol and heroine. People who have real problems. People are suicidal and depressed. And what do we offer them> Often we offer them so cheap, superficial, platitudes about being strong and toughening up and just remember God doesn't give you anything to tough for you to handle and just move on! I've even seen some Christians REBUKE someone for being depressed and tell them to snap out of it. You don't have 10 minutes to comfort the depressed but you'll spend hours ranting about pokemon cards? lol Insanity! That's what it is. People don't need to burn their books and movies and cards, and 'straighten out' they need to have the Love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ shared with them!
God knows the deep, hidden, misunderstood things that dwell deeeeep inside of you that are hurting you and messing you up and He wants to heal and forgive all of it! The word says He heals all of our diseases, and it is talking within the context about our SOUL's diseases. This sinful world has poisoned and diseased ALL of our souls But GOD can and will HEAL your soul!
We like to play tough, but if you're a human being you are hurting. To exist in this earth means to know suffering, to know the sin nature, to know this fallen reality. We are all hurting, we all have problems and Jesus came here to rescue us, to seek and to save that which was lost. He wants to redeem you, to buy you back from sin, and the Devil and this world-by His blood-to purchase you and make you His and make you free and forgiven. That's what the whole world needs to know. None of us are born into this world whole. We have a hole in our hearts. But God can make you whole and complete and healed. Look to Jesus, He purchased a brann new life for you on the cross of Calvary and He rose again from the grave. He is at the throne of God the Father right now, and He is reaching out to you by the Power of His Spirit, saying come to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. It was prophecied that Jesus, the Messiah-would come to heal the broken hearted and to set the captives free! That is the truth the enemy of your soul doesn't want you to know! And that is the truth that is the weapon against all of his lies!