19 Apr Lions and Tigers and… Pagan Symbols, Oh My!
I recently received the following inquiry, and I thought it would be good to respond, as this is a somewhat common question. The following was sent to me from a Joy Bosworth:
Why do you use a masons, Jesuit, and pagan symbol with your sight? The square within a square and the egyptian sun disc in the middle? These are also symbols within the Catholic Church. These are things not to follow but yet you publish them openly. Very curious as to your answer. But I am sure you won’t publish this question or the answer.
Symbols by themselves do not have any inherent meaning or power. Further, any given symbol has many different meanings. What one person sees as the letter O, others see as a sign of Egyptian sun worship. While one person may see a particular hand gesture as a sign of Satan, another may see it as a sign of the Texas Longhorns college football team. While some may see a goat as a sign of Satan, others simply see goats as adorable farm animals, created by God. As Paul says, “To the pure all things are pure.” In other words, a symbol only has the meaning or power that one ascribes to it. While the Magen David star that I have fixed on my wall in my studio may be a pagan sign to you, to most people it simply symbolizes the current state of Israel or the Jewish people. Of course, biblically, the Menorah is a more appropriate symbol of the Jewish people, which as you can see, I also have on my wall. I am not however scared of the Star of David, nor should I be. Satan does not own that symbol, nor should we allow him to do so. As a lifelong artist, I have a love for the history of art and architecture. When I made my web-site some years ago, I chose three images of various ceramic tiles because I found them to be very aesthetically pleasing. One had an image of the Magen David to represent the Jewish people, another had a classic Arabic design, to represent the Muslim world, and another had an image of an icon of Jesus to represent Christians. These three tiles were intended to represent the three main people groups I feel called to minister the Gospel to. When I built my studio, I used these same images. This is simply called “branding.” One uses consistent images and logos to make folks familiar with you and your message or “brand.” While you may believe all of these signs have some inherent evil power, I believe the Lord is so much bigger and more powerful than Satan. Again, Satan doesn’t own shapes or symbols anymore than Satan owns all goats. Others have asked about the statues behind me. These are from Iran, given to me as a gift by my friends who lead the underground Church there. One is a Sassanid soldier, essentially the Green Berets of ancient Persia, and the other is Cyrus (the Lord’s anointed).
I pray you will receive what I am about to say as a brother, but I hope that you will grow beyond the relative superstitiousness that has caused you to assume the worst about me, your brother. Not everything is an evil Illuminati, Jesuit, Masonic, or Satanic conspiracy.
May the Lord Bless you,