I didn’t even try to resist when adult coloring became cool. I have a handful of adult coloring books that include a variety of designs, and you better believe I post my finished creations on Instagram.
Sometimes I color in silence. Sometimes I listen to music. Sometimes I color while watching television. It’s mindless, and it’s soothing. It relaxes me, and I like feeling like I made something beautiful.
On Facebook the other day a Christian woman I respect and admire posted this:
“This is very interesting. I won’t be coloring them.” She said. The blog post talks about how Christians should stay away from mandala designs because they come from ancient pagan rituals, and the devil is fooling Christians by having them color these beautiful designs. Little do Christians know… they are PURE EVIL! As the post says, “It is not just opening a door to the spiritual realm, it is knocking on the door of a false temple.”
I’ve never found a good enough reason to use this word, until now…
We went through the same nonsense with yoga. And now, we’re doing it with designs in adult coloring books.
Do you realize that there is a giant list of things we do that are based on ancient pagan rituals? One of them, you may have heard of it, is called Christmas.
I don’t know about you, but my God is bigger than designs on paper, and while hundreds of years ago there might have been pagan monks who designed mandalas, I’m doubting evil pagan monks created the pretty designs we see in coloring books. I love how the blog teaser says, “Drawing Christians into pagan rituals through adult coloring books.”
Seriously? Let’s drop the conspiracy theories. Even if some evil mastermind trying to destroy Christians via adult coloring books were to exist, my God is way bigger than that.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
It’s like the whole Starbucks red cup controversy of 2015. It’s simply ridiculous, and it makes Christians look crazy. Are we supposed to look different from others in this world? Absolutely! But not in the way that we look like conspiracy theorists or weirdos living in a bubble looking to lengthen the already long list of “Things Christians Can’t Do.” (The author of the blog post also wrote something similar about essential oils, calling them “demonic.”)
Don’t forget- a Ouija Board is just cardboard and plastic until you use it to summon spirits. Items are just items until we use them for something evil or inappropriate. Even the crosses we hang on our walls and wear around our necks don’t hold any special powers. I looked up my notes from a sermon on demons, and demons must have a HUMAN host. And guess what? They CANNOT possess Christians! (1 Corinthians 3:16, Roamns 14:8)
Here’s a thought: let’s talk a little less about cups, essential oils, and color patterns, and talk a little more about Jesus. THAT, my brothers and sisters, is what we’re called to do.
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15