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|How do you deal with a local school's mascot (i.e. Sundevils) in relation to family life?|
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Tough question...but thank you for asking.
It is very easy to get legalistic with an issue like this one and grace is still more important than anything else. Your approach to family members must be delicate and considerate of age and spiritual maturity. GK Chesterton once wrote, “…We have become so expert at that which is wrong, that the things that are good and right are misty and blurry to us.” [Paraphrase] The difficult question to answer in the case of the ASU sundevil is whether or not “it” is a bad thing
The ideal situation is one where all family members agree to honor God in the same way with gladness. Since the ASU sundevil poses no real threat to spiritual life, a significant amount of Bible study and prayer is in order before “making war” in the family over this issue. [Some might say that one is could open the door to demonic oppression by entertaining icons such as these; but this is not true in the case of the ASU sundevil. In order to have a real threat of demonic oppression, the object or icon must actually be a “dedicated” occult object whose purpose is worship of demonic power. In spite of this, please consider the following verses:]
The ASU “sundevil” is in fact, a blatant trivialization of the devil, or perhaps some lesser demon. A Christian should probably avoid any display of this icon because it sends a mixed message to the world, and a confusing one to new and/or weaker Christians. An easy answer to the question of whether or not something like the ASU sundevil is appropriate in family life might be obtained by asking the following questions:
Be sure you are placing the correct priority on this issue. It is not absolutely clear that there is anything wrong with the sun devil mascot. Good, conscientious Christians would disagree over this issue. As such, it should not be considered of utmost importance to the point of offending and alienating friends and family. You need to recognize that unbelievers will not understand this; therefore, you should be careful how you handle or present the issue.
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