by Matt Slick
Is it wrong for a Christian to hang up a five-pointed star in their homes, or use them in jewelry, or as tattoos? The answer is both yes and no, depending on the context and reason. Let me explain.
We are certainly free as Christians to utilize five-pointed stars on or in our houses, as I have seen many people do on their homes. To do so does not mean that they're hanging up a pagan symbol. As you can see from the graphic above, a five-pointed star is not a pentagram. Generally speaking, a pentagram is a five-pointed star, enclosed in a circle, with one point in the downward position. However, some pentagrams don't have the circle, but they do retain the downward-facing point.
Furthermore, though it is less common, there are pentagrams where a circle encloses a five-pointed star, but there is no downward facing point. It is the downward-facing point that is one of the primary distinctions of the occult form of the pentagram. Because a pentagram is associated with Satanism and the occult, Christians should not display them in their homes or on their persons as jewelry or tattoos, etc.
On the other hand, we must be careful not to inadvertently stumble anybody else by using a symbol that could stumble someone else. Now, we do not want to take this principle too far, but we do need to be careful. I, for one, will not put a five-pointed star on my home for several reasons. One, I don't think it's necessary. Two, in the area that I live in, a lot of Mormons put their five-pointed stars on their homes. I do not want to appear to support Mormonism inadvertently, so I will refrain from displaying such a star. Also, the five-pointed star is used on Mormon temples. Third, some people don't understand that a pentagram is different than a five-pointed star. Therefore, I do not want to confuse them and misrepresent myself and my Lord accidentally.
The Texas Rangers is an enforcement agency found in the state of Texas. They do a lot of great work keeping their people safe. Their badge is a five-pointed star inside of a circle. But you'll notice that it is not pointing downward as does a pentagram. Furthermore, the words "Texas Rangers" are prominently displayed upon the badge. This distinguishes it from the occult aspect of the pentagram.
A five-pointed star is not an occult symbol, generally speaking. Christians are free to put a five-pointed star on their homes or their persons, but not pentagrams. Nevertheless, Christians are to use wisdom in their freedom so as not to stumble others.