Do I Compromise My Convictions?

Psalm 32:8
“I will instruct you and TEACH you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.

TEACH means yarah. To instruct, direct, to point, shoot direct. The primary meaning means to “shoot straight,” or to direct the flow of something. Another meaning is Moreh, which means one who is to point out the truth.

Lately, I have felt the Lord being my “yarah”, and my “Moreh”. Because He has been straight up with me on some of His Words, I feel He is also calling me to shoot straight with others and point others to the TRUTH through this blog.

I love it when God challenges me to hear His voice and be obedient. He teaches me exactly which way I should go. It is up to me to be obedient to speak the Truth in LOVE.

I heard a sermon a couple of weeks ago that stopped me dead in my tracks and there was a couple of statements has continually replayed in my mind for days.

“Paul would rather live with Conviction than die with Compromise.”


“The biggest strategy of the enemy is to get us to Compromise our Convictions!”

Ok people….this really got me thinking….how many times do I COMPROMISE MY CONVICTIONS? How many days do I brush things aside because someone won’t understand my convictions. Or worse than that….reject me!

You know the times when you say, “Well, you believe your way and I will believe mine…they wouldn’t get it even if I explained everything you have taught me Lord, they have to learn it on their own. I am just going to keep my mouth shut.”

Later in the week, I read (randomly) through a WordPress page (the site I use to set up this blog) a post by a young girl (early 20‘s) that was troubled. She was stating that her “childhood had ended with the last movie of Harry Potter”. This thought of someone documenting the ending of their childhood due to THIS book series or THIS movie shook me.

I could say that my childhood was marked by Judy Blume but not defined by it. BIG DIFFERENCE!

I then read through Facebook posts of people who I know to be Bible-totin’, Jesus speaking Christians that were so thrilled with going to see this last Harry Potter Movie. This saddened me because I saw the trailer earlier in the summer and THAT HORRIFIED ME! I couldn’t imagine sitting through something that was so scary. I know…its all in the eye of the beholder…but hang with me a bit longer.

In recent years, God has led me through a teaching that has OPENED my eyes to so many deceptive practices that Satan would want me to compromise on. He has shown me scriptures that has been a part of this teaching.

My belief about the Harry Potter books or movies is being that they show, describe and demonstrate practices of witchcraft to those that read or watch them. Now before some of you shut down….let me share the scripture that has so convicted me about being careful of those “cultural” things that can taint our view-point.

These scriptures I believe support my “Conviction”.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 “And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft,  or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”

I don’t want to do anything that is detestable to the Lord, nor do I want friends to do these things either. You can argue that this scripture applies to those people who “practice” these things…not watching movies or reading books about people who DO these things.

Another scripture that shoots straight about the topic of having anything to do with witchcraft is:

Galatians 5:19-21
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery (witchcraft), hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Friends, it’s time for me to be real.

I would NOT put a Ouija board in front of my kids to play with.

I would NOT encourage my kids to get their spiritual guidance from palm readings or reading horoscopes.

Why would I take them to a Harry Potter Movie or allow them to read these books?

Here are some more scriptures that have been a foundation in my conviction these days with staying away from anything that does not represent God.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Yes, we have set ground rules on what we watch in our house. This was a big deal in the beginning but now my girls understand that those things that we watch – we bring into our minds. Those things we read – affect who we are and what we believe. Maybe not overwhelmingly obvious at first but eventually through time can affect our beliefs.

I will admit that growing up I LOVED the show Bewitched. Innocent in nature, I agree. However, over time I REALLY wanted to have the gift of twitching my nose and making my sisters go away. Or even better – twitching my nose to have special powers to do silly or harmful things to those that picked on me.

As I looked back after hearing this teaching – I realized these were subtle idea changes that I didn’t need to have in my life. It wasn’t reality first of all, but it also wasn’t Godly to wish someone harm.

I have decided to not compromise my convictions with those that choose to take part in things like this. Be open, honest and share my convictions instead of compromising them by saying, “Well, you have the right to believe that way, we all see things differently.”

God has directly revealed His actions on this topic in His Word. That is where I hold my convictions. He wants us to examine EVERYTHING that we do and say in our lives with that scripture in Philippians 4. That is the barometer that God wants us to measure things in our lives.

So I leave you with a scripture that I focus on daily and ask my Heavenly Father to focus my mind and objectives of what I do daily with these verses.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” {Colossians 3:1-3 ESV}

One comment

  1. Amy, I appreciate your post and your courage. It is difficult to disagree with prevailing culture. I will share with you though my journey as it regards the HP series/movies. Initially I was very much of the opinion that you hold, using the same scriptures to frame that opinion. I read all 7 books and my opinion was unchanged.
    Several years passed and my kids grew older. The Narnia movies began to come out, which prompted reading the series with my kids. It is full of magic, yet it is written by a man I consider to be wise and strong in the faith. That made me think of The Lord of the Rings trilogy – another writer I respect and another series full of magic, wizards, war, violence, good vs. evil. I questioned how those books could be okay while HP was not.
    In part to settle my mind and also because my kids were interested in reading the books, I re-read the entire HP series. This time through, I found some Truths that are universal despite the author – that love is above all else, and that greater love hath no man than he that lays down his life for his friends. With fresh eyes I saw that this story of good vs. evil is yet another tool to point back to the ultimate story. As my kids read about Harry’s mom sacrificing herself, or Harry doing so as well, I can remind them that Christ actually did that for each of them.
    I totally understand that some Christians may still be very uncomfortable with any book or movie that uses magic – it’s everywhere, even in Disney’s G movies. And of course, we have to be careful what we expose our kids to – I don’t read the story of Lot and his daughters to my 5 year old, even though it’s in the Bible! But there is great evil in the world. There is an enemy that seeks to destroy us. We are in a battle. So when my kids are old enough, I let them read books and watch movies like the Narnia series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and yes the Harry Potter series, because I want them to know they are important in this battle, that even though they are kids they matter in the war against evil. And that love conquers all.

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