Are Smurfs evil? Yes, I really asked myself that question when a childhood friend wouldn’t watch the show with me. Her parents equated any kind of “magic” with evil, even good ol’ Papa Smurf.
I must admit, after her anti-magic proclamation, I felt a little “wrong” like maybe my desire to watch the Smurfs came from the dark side. Was I missing something? Was it okay to watch The Thundercats and She-Ra, or did those shows make me a bad Christian too?
I’m happy to report that I didn’t turn blue or grow up to think I should summon the forces of anything in the supernatural world but God.
Did I question things? Sure, who doesn’t?
Did those shows influence me? You bet. My talents are not as broad as some, but I do have a great imagination. Fantasy inspires me—I get it. You wouldn’t believe the thoughts that whirl around in my head, but I know who gave me this imagination—I know Who runs it all, therefore…
I can relate to people who like fantasy movies and books, whether it’s Christian or secular. Fantasy-minded people like metaphors, deeper thinking and don’t have trouble believing that angels exist and that we rub shoulders with the spiritual world every day. God is not confined to the box of human logic and we get that too.
So it disappoints me when the loudest critics of Christian fantasy, whether in movies or books, are not anti-Christian, but Christians themselves.
What are we supposed to do as Christians? Despite the messages displayed in front of us every day, life is not about what we deserve (Jesus fixed that). It’s not about judging others, chasing after worldly ambition, or spending the majority of our time living up to each others expectations. Mankind is not God (and for heaven’s sake, don’t change who you are for man—man did not design you).
So what does the real God say?
Here it is: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 (emphasis mine)
What is your corner of creation? Is it in medicine, ministry, grounds work?
You are uniquely made, given a unique language in which to speak to your corner of creation.
A lot of people who don’t know God, read, watch, and breathe fantasy, so wouldn’t it make sense for God to get through to them with people who speak their language? Or is your world more black and white? I don’t get that at all, but my husband is (technical) and I love him (loads the dishwasher likes it the great physics experiment) and appreciate his (he thinks math is fun) talents.
Let’s all accept each others differences, shall we? We are a tapestry—different threads, colors, shades—God’s artwork.
Trying to unravel it is not God’s design—that’s the influence of what some call dark magic.
Or Satan. Whatever.
Who are you, and what is your ministry? Tell us in the comments.
love your thoughts. And as a fantasy loving Christian, I completely agree. I read the Chronicles of Narnia years before I became a Christian. The Lord of the Rings also. And once I gave my life to Christ, I reread them with new eyes and appreciation. When the Harry Potter series came out, we didn’t ban our daughter from them but rather read the books together as a family. We watched the movies together too. Which enabled us to have conversations about the content. And we still enjoy them. Fantasy, of all the genres, I think lends itself to the timeless story of good versus evil and Christ figures coming to rescue, save, even giving their lives. As a writer, I seek to weave in biblical truths and themes of sin, redemption and hope. thank you for your post.
Thank you, Jill, that’s awesome! I think that’s a great idea for a family to read the fantasy books books and watch the movies together to discuss content. It’s a pleasure to meet another fantasy writer!