“Take off on an epic adventure with Luz as she explores a magical world full of witches, demons, and mysterious supernatural creatures! Watch ‘The Owl House’ on Disney Channel.”
When a promotional announcement starts off like that, you know we’re in for trouble. This quote was taken directly from a Disney Channel announcement about an upcoming series that is aimed at children. From the plot lines released so far, demons, witches, and witchcraft will be the themes of this new series. And it won’t be a biblical view of such topics. The gist of this “House” revolves around a teenage girl named Luz, who finds a magical portal leading to a witch named Eda. Luz forms a bond with Eda to become a witch’s apprentice. As with Harry Potter, witchcraft is seen as an affirmative tool to fight evil. “Newsweek” magazine claims that one of the originators of the series wanted to make the “demon realm feel like home.” There’s a “good witch” named Azura, lovable little demons, and a “Boiling Isle” Hell, that’s not exactly eternal damnation. No wonder that the Christian-based American Family Association has launched a petition drive for the Disney Channel to cancel the show. Good for them!
We’ve been down this road so many times with Disney (beneficent witchdoctors in “The Lion King” and benign sorcery in “Frozen” for example) we shouldn’t be shocked. But the official rating for this series recommends it for children as young as age seven! We’ve heard this demonic pitch before from J. K. Rowling (author of the Potter books) and countless TV programs. It goes like this: Witchcraft can be good or evil depending on the motive of the participant; the supernatural isn’t an arena of the devil v. God but an exploratory realm of delightful phenomena for the curious.
Nearly half of the people who schedule Personal Spiritual Encounters with me have dabbled in such dribble via the New Age, yoga, meditation, or mind control. They have been victimized by psychics, fortune tellers, reiki practitioners, success gurus like Tony Robbins, and deceptive wizards like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Beware the so-called wisdom of anyone who fails to heed the warning of Isaiah 8:19: “When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists . . . should not a people inquire of their God?” Avoid anything that violates the principles of Scripture, even if it is a wise, old owl.