Nampa, Idaho (October 26, 2016) — Christian parents have long known the dangers of the Ouija board but many remain unaware of its increasing use among today's teens. There has never been a generation more media savvy and tech literate than the current generation, and these skills are profoundly shaping the cultural landscape in which they live. This is equally true of both Christian and secular youth.
In a survey conducted by the Barna Group, "One spiritual reality sweeping [this] generation is exposure to and experimentation with witchcraft and psychic activities. Seventy-three percent of teenagers have engaged in a least one such activity, including born-again teenagers (69 percent). In all, half have explored witchcraft, including. . .playing games with witchcraft elements, using a Ouija board. . .or casting a spell." See more . . .
Last week saw the release of Ouija: Origin of Evil, a supernatural horror film that grossed $22 million in its first three days. It is set for worldwide release on Monday, October 31st. From the website of renowned film critic Roger Ebert, "2016 has been a very good year for horror movies." The website further notes that "the tide is pulling us back to horror that uses violence realistically and disturbingly. . .the financial success. . . could lead to a new wave of brutal violence in horror films, and it'll happen sooner than you think."
An alarming fact in the Barna report states that "teens have little proactive feedback from parents or church leaders about how they are to understand the supernatural world. Despite [their] widespread participation in churches, only 1 out of every 5 teenagers recall any church teaching in the last year that helped to shape their views about the supernatural."
Fortunately, we have some excellent resources available for our youth, parents, teachers, and anyone else who has a heart for young people.