Folks, I’ve made no secret here on the blog of the fact that I like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. The timeless themes of self-sacrifice, loyalty, of making hard choices–doing the right thing, rather than the easy thing–are what are so attractive about the books. That, and the rather obvious parallels the story has with the Gospel. (Aside from all that, as they say in England, the narrative is just a corking good yarn.)
Taken together, these form a strong (in mind) case as to why these books should have a place in your library.
Yet, I still find folks who are aghast that I read (and let my son read) and enjoy these books. Folks, liking, or not, Harry Potter is not–nor should be–a litmus test of my orthodoxy. I respect your right to your opinion–your convictions–on the matter. Is it too much to expect the same in return?
I have my convictions, and have chosen to exercise my Christian liberty in this matter. That said, if I know your feelings with regards to all things Potter, I’m not going to go out of my way to try to convince you otherwise. My feelings on this are quite adequately summed up by the principle set forth in Romans 14:3 (KJV):
“Let not him that eateth [or readeth Harry Potter] despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not [readeth not Harry Potter] judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.”
Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, God has received me the same as He’s received you. The same love that constrains me from flaunting my liberty constrains you from shoving your convictions down my throat, or indeed from breaking fellowship if we don’t quite see eye-to-eye here.
Fact is, your convictions are not “the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3b, KJV);” neither are mine.
Far more important is where we do in fact agree: that Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior, Who ever lives to make intercession for us. That He has called us as His own, saved us that we might serve along side Him in His kingdom. We are His witnesses.
This being the case, what kingdom purpose does our division over fantasy literature serve? What does a watching world think when they see us arguing over Harry Potter? What kind of witnesses are we being?
I forget who first coined the phrase, but have you heard the following:
“In the essentials, unity; in the non-essentials, liberty; in all else, charity (love)?”
How about you? Where do you fall on the spectrum with regards to all things Potter?