We’ve all heard the expression “Don’t judge a book by its’ cover.” but on a recent trip to Barnes and Noble I found myself passing over popular titles after a glance at the authors’ names. I paused as I looked at a International Bestselling author’s works and wondered why I had never tried reading more of her books. I remembered reading an article where she bashed my Christian views. Right then and there I stopped obsessing over Harry Potter.
It isn’t as if Rowling knew there was a girl in East Texas who was taught “We don’t condemn same sex marriages but we don’t codon them either.” but yet I took it to heart. On the drive home I realized if that article had come out just a year earlier I would never have finished the seven book phenomenon.
The world has a funny way of looking at things. As people we let our views of the world dictate the movies we watch, the stories we share, the food we eat and the people we surround ourselves with. We let others’ opinions choose our happiness.
The excitement I had when reading Harry Potter cannot amount to my disappoint for writing the characters off. When I got home I went to my room and straightened my Harry Potter shelf. The limited edition playing cards, which were once scattered underneath the bookshelf, now sit in a sealed baggie safe from dust and nosy dogs. My journals, once laying face down under junk on my desk, are now proudly displayed on picture stands. My miniature sorting hat, which used to sit in a junk drawer, now sits with the snitch on one side and Hedwig on the other.
Now, when I enter my room I smile because as a Christian I know God never wanted me -or anyone else- to judge others. He wanted me to love everyone. I know God isn’t happy with same-sex marriages being legalized and I know He is happy the clerk in Kentucky is staying true to Him. But I also believe God doesn’t want His people rioting in the streets over police shootings or America’s leader not participating during the National Day of Prayer.
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