June 4 is getting closer!
What kind of paranoia does it take in this day and age to burn the only book in the last, say, 2 decades that actually made kids WANT to read??? (Note, interestingly, that the church here seems to support theft in the last paragraph. Interesting choice of sin. Apparantly the huge number of 9 year olds sacrificing their sisters to Satan after reading Potter books is enough to justify Christians to break at least two of the commandments. What's that? No kids are sacrificing their sisters? Hmmm.. well, at least this made-up enemy will give us something to shout about on Sundays instead of confronting the real sin in our own lives. See! Good is accomplished!)
Want a pair of books with more evil, witchcraft, sorcery and death than the harmless, good-always-triumphs Potter books? Ok, here's two: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (accepted by Christians everywhere) and, you guessed it, The Bible!
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of C.S. Lewis AND the Bible. The problem is, they got in the hands of the wrong people. It makes my job as a pastor (teaching people to love each other) harder when folks use the very tools God gave us to beat up on people instead of love on them. I saw a bumper sticker once that said "God, deliver me from your followers." You know what the trouble is? Humans. Whenever you have humans around, the potential for stupidity is never far away.
Regardless, I'm a big fan of Harry, Ron and Hermione. Harry should smooch Ginny, Snape should eat his hat and the book burners should grow up. Heck, if you see the movie, you'll see that even the kids look about 5 years older. They're growing like sprouts.
So why can't the church grow too?
Good thing you have me here to tell you why! Because fundamentalism, by definition, needs an enemy. In these enlightened times, enemies are harder to find, so they have to start making them up, and the non-presuming, frail-looking Harry Potter is as good a fictional character to bully as any.
Anyway, I'll be first in line. That'll be me, wearing the cross.