And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 20:6-7)
Like many of you, when I was a kid I was fascinated with monster movies and dressing up for Halloween. As I got older I would watch all the scary movies that included ghost stories and things “beyond the grave.” At that time, I just thought it was fascinating and fun — until I was born again. Then I realized that there was a lot more to it than just getting a little scared when Freddy or Jason showed up at the end of the film. There is much more to it than that.
The Bible plainly tells us not to engage those who dabble in these things, and in my view, that includes the movie moguls who aggrandize the occult and paranormal. In other words, what’s the difference between going to a tarot card reader and seeing the latest Harry Potter film? Both present forbidden practices as harmless and entertaining to the degree that our entire culture is desensitized to the dangers of turning to “mediums and familiar spirits.” It is so dangerous, and so infectious, that God threatened to cut off from Israel those who pursued such. In other words, it really isn’t just harmless make-believe.
To flirt with this behavior is to be indifferent to the fact that there is only one God, creator of heaven and earth. As His people we are to “sanctify” ourselves –- we are to make every effort to be set apart in every way, even if culture tries to paint something as harmless and fun. If you think about it, that is always how the Adversary presents something that will poison us; he first did that in the Garden. But for those who turn away from his lies and live holy unto the LORD, there is a a reward — eternal life. And so why would anyone who is pursuing the path to eternal life want to be entangles with those things that celebrate death? Something to think about today.
Blessings and Shalom,