“What harm can there really be in reading my horoscope with my friends?” “Are Tarot cards that big of a deal?” “So I went to visit a psychic, it was just for fun, I don’t really believe any of that.”
I can tell you right now, I have personal experience with all of those things and more, but it all started very innocently: Just me reading my horoscope for fun with my friends.
Imagine for a moment that you lived in a neighborhood surrounded by thieves. Everyone in your neighborhood, except your family, was a thief and they were all just waiting for the one night you forgot to lock your doors so they could come and mess with or steal all of your stuff.
I know that sounds a little weird, but that’s what experimenting with fortune-telling, new ageism and other seemingly innocent fringe activities is like for Christians. When we read our horoscopes, even just for “fun,” it’s like leaving our hearts and minds unlocked for the enemy to come in and start messing with us even more than he already does.
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness (2 Timothy 2:15-16).
One of the most harmful things Satan can make us believe is that playing around with these things is “no big deal” as long as we don’t really believe them. That’s not what the Bible says. Galatians says to stay away from such things entirely and 2 Timothy tells us that such worldly and empty things lead to further ungodliness.
You see, when we experiment with things that seem harmless or seem like a “gray area”–neither exactly right nor wrong–it erodes our faith a little bit at a time. Remember, it was a river and time that carved the Grand Canyon. It’s so subtle that it seems harmless and by the time we notice it, we’ve traveled much farther from God than we intended.
Instead of letting curiosity about these things erode our faith, let’s strengthen our faith according to God’s Word.
Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it (Song of Solomon 8:6-7a).
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers (Psalm 1:2-3).
Over time, whatever we put into our minds and hearts will begin to take root and affect who we are and what we believe. Even if it seems like harmless fun now, those things are already taking root like weeds in a garden, so let’s choose to put them away and start weeding out the things in our lives that don’t belong there!
What do you think, is it possible for horoscopes, fortune-telling and other things like these to be just harmless fun?
But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren (James 1:14-16).