I grew up in Memphis, a predominantly Black city. I live in Orange Mound, a predominantly Black neighborhood. My neighbor two doors down is a Black policewoman. My church is multiracial, with leaders who are Black. My boss is a Black woman whom I respect. I’ve been gifted with dear Black friends throughout my life.
Many of you know that I do work with the Enneagram in my spiritual direction coaching practice. Matter of fact, I have a workshop entitled the Enneagram and Spiritual Formation that I’m leading on Saturday, February 4 (more at this link). With that, I engage with all sorts of claims about the evil, demonic, and occult background of the Enneagram. I have emails from varying Christian counselors and coaches declaring its evil origins.
In a more recent social media post, popular Christian author, poet and artist, Jackie Hill Perry, renounced the Enneagram as demonic. You can see her own video below.
Many have heard of the Enneagram, a popular personality model with 9 types. While this is a great tool for understanding ourselves, it can also be used as a tool when considering our spiritual growth and formation.
I recently saw a social media post where someone said, “We don’t do Santa. We don’t want to lie to our kids about an imaginary old man.” As much as some find it disturbing to tell such “imaginary” stories, I find it just as worrying with (self-righteous?) statements of this nature.
When people say they don’t tell stories of imaginary figures, I want to ask them if they know of and tell the story of Saint Nicholas of Myra. My guess is that they probably don’t know much of Nicholas’s story and the great works done by him in the name of Christ. And I find this problematic when it comes to those protesting an “imaginary old man”.