This really should be a continuation from the last post, but I didn’t want to bury it underneath 16 comments (especially when some contain the term presuppositional, which makes most people’s eyes glaze over). 🙂
I happened to get into a conversation with someone I respect on this very topic of children’s fairy tales. She raised an objection to the portrayal of magic (specifically casting of spells) in a positive light. The specific example of concern was the Fairy Godmothers casting of the spell that created Cinderella’s ride to the ball. The concern was that in Deuteronomy 18:9-14 God lists the casting of spells among the practices of the nations that He detests, and that we grieve God by glorifying sin and calling evil good.
My response was that there was no equivalence between the practices addressed in that passage and the fairy tale use of magic. This sounded like mere rationalization to my friend. The reasoning was pretty simple… God detests the casting of spells. The Fairy Godmother casts a spell. God detests the practice that is portrayed as good in the story.
I would say that a fairy tale takes place in an imaginary universe where the power that the Fairy Godmother harnesses is from good and used in opposition to evil. My friend points out that in the story the Fairy Godmother does not credit God with her power and takes the glory for herself, becoming the savior of Cinderella, robbing God of His glory. I say that it’s a make-believe universe and doesn’t require Biblical accuracy. This sounds like more rationalization.
The suggestion is made that we have become so desensitized that we buy the culture’s lie that this sort of thing is harmless and we diminish the authority of God’s Word in our lives.
So, what do you think? Am I rationalizing sin, or is there a legitimate distinction between Deuteronomy 18 and what we see in Cinderella?