June 5, 2015 § Leave a comment
Serious question: Should a Christian church or ministry have a presence at spiritual, holistic, or metaphysical expos or events?
The Iowa Metaphysical Fair (formerly the Iowa Psychic Fair) is this weekend in Des Moines. The vendor list has what you would expect: psychics (including pet psychics), palm and tarot readers, channelers of the dead (séance), spiritual coaches, various artists and musicians, minerals, crystal and jewelry retailers, paranormal experts, shamanic healers and expounders and sellers of other various types of holistic screenings and wellness.
In other words, everything “spiritual” in the offerings, but nothing explicitly Christian or Biblical. I’m sure the reasons churches don’t consider renting a booth at such events steeped in spiritualism and the occult are Biblical (Deut. 18:9-14, Lev. 19:31, Prov. 27:1, Gal. 5:20-21, 1 Cor. 2:11).
But considering that people come to these fairs and expos looking for spiritual answers, is it a legitimate mission field for Christians? Don’t we have a lot to say about the metaphysical? Do we get a booth and offer the Gospel at places like this? Or are these places where Christians should “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness…” (Eph. 5:11)?