She's into Wicca

My best friend is into Wicca. What does that mean? What can I do?
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Q. My best friend is into Wicca. What does that mean? What can I do?

A. Basically, Wicca is a nature–centered belief system that does not recognize Christ or Satan. Wiccans do not believe in sin or a need for forgiveness. People who follow the Wicca belief system are not bad people. But they have a very different view of the world than Christians. This worldview has very few rules. Wiccans definitely revere nature. Goddess worship is often a part of Wicca. And while a Wiccan would never say they were into an evil kind of witchcraft, they are often very open to various forms of rituals and ceremonies that include a form of witchcraft.

How can you help your friend? By showing her love and grace. Let me give you an example of what I mean.

Bonnie was someone I knew who rejected her Christian church and became a follower of Wicca. Eventually she came back to Christ because she experienced the love and grace of Christians who did not condemn her. These caring believers consistently lived out their faith in front of her. Seeing their lives, she saw her need for Christ.

I love the popular quote of St. Francis that says: "Preach the Gospel and, if necessary, use words." I think this is your best opportunity to reach your friend. Show her the reality of God through your life. And shower her with love, grace and respect, as well as genuine friendship.

Jim is an author, longtime youth worker and founder of HomeWord, a group seeking to honor God through strong families.

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