Posts Tagged ‘Wicca’

It’s been a slow news month in the world of ecumenicism. I mean, if it weren’t for Louis Farrakhan shooting off his lip again, Kenneth Copeland’s jet and Ed Young’s palatial “tax-exempt” estate (wink), I would not have enough spray paint on this wall to fill a huffer’s need to get high.

I mean, slow.

And then I see this Barna survey from WOW News’ Religion News Service (by way of Houston [Chronicle] Belief) that made yours truly want to go to the local CVS and shave the fur off every Peeps in that place with a dull but seasonally festive razor blade.

Though most Americans describe Easter as a religious holiday, less than half of U.S. adults surveyed link it specifically to the resurrection of Jesus, a Barna Group study shows.

Here's your compromise! Oy Vey!

Anyone heard of Passion plays? How about the “Passion of the Christ“? Perhaps those dudes rocking the Birkenstocks and bedsheets who literally and passionately walk many miles in Jesus’ shoes with timber crosses draped across their shoulders… oh you know, around Easter?!

Apparently, no one in this friggin’ survey.

Is this HOLY-day really all about chocolate, bunnies and those stupid eggs? Why would a bunny lay eggs anyway? Because those little buggers are too fuzzy when they come out and it tickles the mama rabbit?

Looking closer at this depressing survey, it seems parents either are straying from religion or young people are watching way too much TV:

  • 42 percent tied Easter to the Resurrection
  • At 73 percent, baby boomers (ages 45 to 63) were the most likely to describe Easter as a religious holiday
  • This, compared to two-thirds of those ages 26 to 44 and Americans 64 and older
  • The youngest group of adults (ages 18 to 25) were least likely, at 58 percent, to use that kind of description

There you have it – kids forget eating your carrots. Why? It isn’t sacrosanct. They are carrots, not communion wafers. So, enlighten us future leaders of tomorrow, how would you describe this amazing day the Lord hath literally made:

  • A Christian holiday
  • A celebration of God or Jesus
  • A celebration of Passover
  • A “holy day”
  • Or a special day to go to church

Classy. At least they didn’t say the day church kids have easter egg hunts… oh, what? They do that?! MEMO to all church folk, even the ones who are appalled by this survey: You do understand the etymology of the word “Easter”, right? Yeah, it’s cultic.

The Teutonic goddess of fertility had a catchy name, “Eoster,” which was derived for the ancient word of “Spring.” Cute, right? So, what about the stupid rabbits? Glad you asked…

Although Easterer, Resurrection Sunday celebrates Jesus Christ from the dead, the rabbit was chosen because it is a symbol of fertility, which is often times associated with the beginning of spring. (Hmmm… where have we heard that before?)

Proving you can go to the well one too many times, the German Catholics wanted to create a mythical figure to reward good kids and humiliate the brats during… Lent. (Yeah, I know, you thought Christmas. God bless the Germans for creativity, but meh?)

Back in the 1700s, Germans were not permitted to eat eggs during Lent, so they had to do something with the overabundance of chickens and their eggs during the Easter season.  In order to use all these eggs, the Germans created the tradition of painting and eating eggs given by the Easter Bunny (Source: My seminary, but here too)

Oh, HiScrivener, it’s okay because I paint only red eggs for the blood of Christ.

You don’t have to justify it – I have babies. I get it, but while you are feeding your kiddos a huge block of sugar and advising some humanistic 8-foot rabbit left it for them, consider what really happened on this day… and then 50 days later. (Hallelujah!)

While this day is about “Christian celebrations” and a “holy day,” the story to tell the kids is not about Peter Cottontail but about Jesus Christ. He may not have left us chocolates, but what he did leave is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

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I must confess, I have never seen one second nor read one paragraph of the “Harry Potter” trilogy.

Why? Well, I’m more of a Star Wars buff, I don’t know. It just didn’t do anything for me. Maybe it’s because I’m older than one of R. Kelly’s girlfriends. Who knows?

ziggy and harry potterThat said, it’s huge. Every time that four-eyed, pre-pubescent mole hits the big screen, this country goes Hogwart Crazy. And one of the craziest is its author and uber-millionaire, J. K. Rowling.

The woman is the British Oprah, only without her own self-serving talk show (did I type that out loud).To her credit, she has sold more than 400 million books, was on welfare more than five years ago, one of top 10 richest women in the U.K. and is a notable philanthropist.

So, what do you get the woman who has everything? I’m not sure, but the one you don’t get her was found in a BBC News story as we discover President Bush allegedly objected to giving her the “Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Matt Latimer, former speech writer for President George W Bush, said that some members of his administration believed her books promoted sorcery. As a result, she was never presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The claims appear in Latimer’s new book called Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor.

Well, let’s get this straight, the other authors who won been this prestigious medal are Harper Lee (“To Kill a Mockingbird“) and John Steinbeck (“Of Mice & Men” and “The Grapes of Wrath“).

That’s two critically acclaimed authors of their generation and books that changed lives. From culture, race and philosophy, these books are regaled throughout time. And then, bringing up the rear is Rowling’s book about some nerdy sorcerer with a hankering of broom flying.

Yeah, that’s a match on the mantle, wouldn’t you say?

To wit all you Potter Homers, let’s not fret about this too bad for three obvious reasons:

  1. The books do promote sorcery. I mean, go to a toy store when that polished turd hits screens and tell me what you see? Faux magic books, brooms, witches’ cauldrons and all that implies. Get off your high horse and call a Voldemort what he is and move on.
  2. The Presidential Medal of Freedom means much more than making millions off teenage goobers. It’s the highest award given for meritorious service, and “to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Does this chic do any of that?!
  3. $798 million. Five books for an average of  $159,600,000 each time her publisher says, “Ka-ching!” In other words, if she wants one that bad, go buy one. Just sayin’.

For years, I have thought people were growing sour on Christianity.

Why? Turn on TBN and you tell me. Better yet, turn on the news, which talks about TBN and then tell me. Preachers busted for fiscal irresponsibility, priests being thrown in the clink for getting handsy and then there is all the hubbub with televangelists living large like some of those fat cats getting dinged with the stimulus package.

At least Witches don't need to hide their drinking binges

At least Witches don't need to hide their drinking binges

Sigh. They get the pub and Jesus gets the blame. Unfair, but understandable why witchcraft is now growing faster than the “Big Three” of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

One expert claims that the number of Wiccan experts is doubling every 30 months. A recent book entitled “Generation Hex” by author Marla Alupoaicei declares that it will be the third largest religion of faith by the year 2012.

And where is the most rapid growth of Wicca in the U.S.? Where else? Massachusetts (and Los Angeleser, the West Coast). Other than the obvious, why is this important for Christians to know?

We gots lots of work to do people!

If there are this many misanthropes out there who are so disenchanted with God and specifically, God’s people, then it’s obvious we aren’t doing our job. We need to witness. We need to reach out. We need to live out loud.

Yeah, yeah, we hear all that mess from Joel, Ed, Bill and the rest of the seeker-sensitive nation. But consider this, there is a reason why their churches are mega, and everyone else’s is not so much these days.

If more of us looked and acted like Jesus, rather than being worried about sounding like him (“I’m blessed and highly favored… despite living on welfare and being addicted to these crappy cigarettes.”, this story may be obsolete.

And then again, so would TBN.

In an alarming story that had me wisping through my history books, we see something that seems it is right off the dome of Michael Bay or that jacked-up dude creating the “Saw” trilogy.

I’ll just offer up the CNN headline: “Woman suspected of witchcraft burned alive.” Yeah, you can’t make this stuff up… any more. What’s worse, this is a trend!

prayer1Her death adds to a growing list of men and women who have been accused of sorcery and then tortured or killed in the South Pacific island nation [Papua, New Guinea], where traditional beliefs hold sway in many regions. The victims are often scapegoats for someone else’s unexplained death, and bands of tribesmen collude to mete out justice to them for their supposed magical powers, police said.

“We have had difficulties in a number of previous incidents convincing people to come forward with information,” said Simon Kauba, assistant commissioner of police and commander of the Highlands region, where the killing occurred. “We are trying to persuade them to help. Somebody lost their mother or daughter or sister Tuesday morning.”

Nice. This is more than 50 people who have been killed for “allegedly practicing sorcery.” And you liberal Wall Watchers out there want to think the U.S. has issues on capital punishment. Hrmph!

Here’s the part of the story that makes you think folk need Jesus. In a dire need of faith, people look to things that are tangible. Take villagers of New Guinea:

In recent years, as AIDS has taken a toll in the nation of 6.7 million people, villagers have blamed suspected witches — and not the virus — for the deaths.

For those of you who either are missionaries, or have a passion to help those who are, pray. Namely you, Aussies. These are your neighbors. Innocent people are being murdered because of things unseen. May Jesus make himself real, save the wrongfully persecuted and being medicine to the Dani and the rest of the denizens of New Guinea.

No humor here, Wall Watchers. There’s just nothing to laugh at, if you read the rest of the story.