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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dragons

Since the beginning of time, people have told stories of dragons.

The very first story there ever was, in fact,  had a dragon in it: Our Bibles say that Satan disguised himself as a serpent, and so we automatically think "snake" but actually, we have reason to believe that Satan was creeping about the Garden in the form of a dragon. After all, God cursed the Serpent by saying that on its belly it would go, and dust it would eat all the days of its life. What would be the point in telling that to a snake? Snakes already crawl about on their bellies, so that wouldn't have been a curse.

The main theme throughout the entire Gospel is the story of the Prince who crushes the head of the dragon and, therefore, wins His bride.

Generation after generation have passed down stories about evil creatures that are defeated by noble men. Think of 'Saint George and the Dragon' and 'Beowulf' and even 'Jack and the Beanstalk' or 'Sleeping Beauty.' Every one of these stories has the same overarching theme: brave man defeats the dragon, or the monster, or the giant, or the witch; good guy kills bad guy; good triumphs over evil. To be a good story, the evil had to be gotten rid of, wiped away, killed. Without knowing it, even non-Christians were using the Bible's plot in their own stories. Because in the end, the real end of the real story, good will destroy evil, and that's one of the only things that really matters.

This was just the way stories were always written. You always knew who was good and who was bad. There were no fuzzy lines, only clear distinctions.

Until now.

Now, instead of killing the dragon, we become buddies with the dragon, because, suddenly, dragons are just awesome. Everyone was completely mistaken about them, because everyone is so judgmental.


Vampires aren't really evil. . . even though they do suck blood. . . They can't help it. That's just their nature. And, actually, they make really great boyfriends.

Witches are just funny old ladies with pointed caps. Completely harmless. Come on guys, give them a break.

Ogres, poor things, are completely misunderstood and unfairly judged. They just need some love and those rough edges will soon be smoothed out.

How has this happened?

What have we done? 

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness..." (Isaiah 5:20)


Our culture is embracing standards that are the exact opposite of everything God established and upholds. Good is called evil and evil is called good. Darkness is worshipped and light is hid from.

But what can we do? This worldview is packaged so attractively: Happy-faced cartoon children dancing and singing with their dragon friends; the bumbling ogre who falls in love with a princess; the vampire who tries to protect the girl he loves from all of the other evil vampires; good witches who cast good spells. What's wrong with all that? It seems completely harmless. But hidden underneath the appealing package of cheery cartoons, there are dangerous messages that are being forced into our minds, almost without us realizing it.

We are so steeped in these messages that it seems pretty much impossible to do anything except go along with the worldview, grudgingly. The Bible says to be the light in the earth, but. . .what if the earth hates light?
We live in this world, so we're going to be around these darkness-worshippers for our whole lives. Wouldn't it just be better to kind of ignore things? I mean, we know what is good and what is evil. . . right?

Well, just pretending something isn't there, doesn't make it any less real.

When you are silent, you are automatically accepting what is being said.

"The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking" (-Casting Crowns)
A good sign of immaturity is thinking that you are mature. And a good sign of weakness is thinking you are strong. We may think we won't be affected by listening to people, when they're saying things we know are wrong; we may think we are big enough and strong enough to stand up for the right. . . if it really needed to be stood up for; but by thinking that, we are showing how quickly we would fall.

"It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray 
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade" (-Casting Crowns)
It is a slow fade. It doesn't happen all at once.
Little things: they're the things we overlook, because they seem unimportant. But remember that old proverb,
"For want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. 
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail."


Little things, when they build up, can become the biggest things you can imagine.

By keeping silent, and, therefore, accepting, we are giving ourselves away to the enemy.
"Whoever is not for me, is against me, and whoever does not gather with me, scatters." (Matthew 12:30)

By keeping silent about the evil and darkness, we are siding with it.
And by siding with it, we are siding against God.

"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." (Ephesians 5:11)
It's our job to speak out against the unfruitful works of darkness.
We are in the middle of a war. We are either fighting for one side, or for the other.

There's no in-between.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Philippians 4:8)






6 comments:

  1. Dude. I think that this might be one of my favorite posts that you've put up. Seriously. This whole thing has been on the tip of my tongue for a while, that Satan was masquerading as a dragon, that dragons are always bad, that our culture has accepted evil things.. But you have even more then that. You show why that's actually bad. It's a rare occasion when I post something that someone else has written on my blog, but this is too great not to pass up. Thanks for posting. :)

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    1. Well, thank you very much :D
      I'm so glad you like it! And I'm glad that what I was trying to say makes sense :)
      This issue has also been bothering me for a while lately. It just seems like our culture keeps on getting more and more obsessed with evil.
      I once saw this plaque-thingy for a little girl to hang in her room and it said, "Forget Princess....I Want To Be a Vampire." That actually kinda sums up the way things have headed. . .

      I'm honored that you posted this on your blog :) Thanks!

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  2. This is a GREAT post Allie. I like what you did with the concept, it's very true. nicely done!

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    1. Thank you so much!!
      I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) I enjoyed writing it. . . Although its also a pretty depressing issue to think about. But it's when things get the darkest, that it's the most comforting to be able to turn to God's light.

      Thanks for reading :)

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  3. Great job cousin! ;-)

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