Four of us were sitting on the porch having birthday cake and wondering what we could ask God. Then a twelve-year-old boy grinned up at me and asked, “Could God make me a Wizard?”
“Do you really want to be a wizard, or are you just messing with me?” I asked.
The smile faded, and he answered, “Aw, I was just messing with you.”
I knew then he’d been serious for a second, then decided he had “asked the wrong question.” And so had I. I should have said something like, “If God made you a wizard, what would you do then?” But I haven’t perfected thinking that efficiently. My initial angst at the question blinded me to the boy who wanted to feel more powerful. Now I’d never know why. Maybe it’s not too late. I’ll send him this letter.
If God were to make you a wizard, what would you do then? Would you be stronger than someone? Is there someone you would change into a better person? Or would you travel to a magic land of wonder?
I know that in the movies and books, wizards are the good magicians and warlocks are the evil ones. Many movies have witches, wizards, beings from other worlds, and magical lands. And using our imagination is important and fun! And we know that all those things are just fantasy. But there is one thing nobody wants to talk about. And that something is this: There are evil beings in our world that are real.
We know God is real and Jesus is real and that the Bible is God’s message to us. Did you know that God is who told us that real evil beings are in our real world? Nobody wants to say so because they don’t want to frighten children. But the devil is real, and he has terrible angels, too. That’s why we want to be Christians and have the Holy Spirit inside us. Our God is more powerful than all the beings in all worlds, and he keeps Satan from destroying us.
And there is another thing grownups don’t like to tell us. Nobody talks about how God hates the dark world of magic. He loves us and wants us to be safe, so He says to stay far away from all the evil in the world. He even has a message about wizards. “I will be against anyone who goes to mediums and wizards for advice.” (Lev 20:6) That’s kind of scary for God to say, but God says over and over that he hates magic and darkness. He hates that people use magic to trick people, hurt people, keep bad secrets or let the devil be part of it.
I know the movies and books are “pretend.” But never, ever, forget that there are real evil spirits in the world that want more than anything for us to forget they are evil. Instead, they want us just to think that they are “cool” or fun. They also want us to forget that God is strongest.
The devil wants you to forget God’s great strength. He knows God helps you beat Satan and can give you His mighty love. The devil also knows that God can use you to help change a bully into someone better or even make the world a better place. Only God can make you feel safe because He’s the only one who can always be with you wherever you are. At the end of ourstory, God takes us to an excellent place of unimaginable amazement. And that place REALLY, TRULY exists in His world!
The movies and books will lie to you. The Avengers are computer characters built in a studio in Hollywood. The idea for the Avengers came from comic books. Harry Potter is not a real person, but a boy who acts out a story written in a book by a lady named Mrs. Rowling. So see? Being a wizard isn’t as powerful and real as being a Christian. I believe God would love to work powerfully through you rather than make you anything else.
What do you think?
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Scriptures on subject: Leviticus 19:31; 20:6; Deut 18:10-13; I Tim 4:1; John 3:19; Acts 19:19; II Cor 4:4; I Cor 10:31