Every time I give an interview I am asked how the occult has filtered its way into the church and Christian mindset.
Usually, I bring up the increase of Eastern meditative techniques or various forms of mysticism which have been adopted by believers. I have also suggested popular media and current cultural trends have been contributing factors as well.
All of this is true.
What I found sad (and astonishing) as I walked the convention floor at ICRS this week were the evidences of these occult or New Age influences in products marketed for Christians.
- A self-published book advocating the notion we receive messages from loved ones from beyond the grave (as in ghostly appearances) being highly promoted by the company (the author was featured in their catalog).
- A fair trade company (which I love) who’s owner and spokesman told me he was a “Christian energy light worker and healer”.
- Round glass pieces inscribed with scripture touted as “Life Force Stones”. These palm sized “Jesus Junk” trinkets could easily become a talisman.
I know there are some who see no problem here.
But if I am going to walk with Christ and follow God’s word it is important to be aware and not make light of what God has shown to be spiritually risky or forbidden. Perhaps it is time we as Christians truly begin to assess what is promoted within the church. What are we bringing into our awareness or introducing to our children? What is being taught to new Christians which has nothing to do with God or His word?
Are we the ones informing the culture around us or being influenced instead?