“…there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…” (Daniel 2:28)
Just read a couple of recent articles in Christianity Today about Harry Potter. One of the articles, entitled “Spoilers” & Evangelism, really struck me. I agree with the author that our delivery of the Christian message has failed to produce anything that excites people in recent history just as the anticipation of Harry Potter books excites people today, or the waiting to watch DVDs of Heroes or 24 or Lost. The author concludes, saying, “Harry Potter reminds us that it’s not just what we say, but how we say it.” And I totally agree with this. Turning around this failure to bring mystery and imagination to people listening to the gospel must in large part involve Christian artististic responsibility. Today, Christian art has been too “safe.” Too often we deliver the message directly and unambiguously, which has its place occasionally, but by doing so we fail to grip people’s hearts and imagination. Christian artists need to learn from Harry Potter.