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I love God. I love Disney.
I’m a Christian. And I’m a Disney Freak.
I’m proud to be both. I’m not afraid to wear either title on a t-shirt. And I’ll gladly shout either affiliation from a mountaintop.
But, there are times when I am downright ashamed of other people who wear one (or both) of these same titles.
There have certainly been times when I’ve been ashamed of something that I’ve heard that Disney stands for or chooses to support. But, like I’ve said many times (to many people, regarding many different situations and circumstances) – if I were to boycott every company who stood for or supported things I don’t believe in, I’d need to learn to be entirely self-sufficient and I’m not ready to be at that point in my life yet (maybe, or most likely, never will be!)
So, I continue to love Disney. Disney is special to me for many reasons. I won’t go into them here in this post because I’ve shared them over and over again on my blog.
But, here’s the thing — I’m much more ashamed of those who call themselves Christians – who are supposed to be my brothers and sisters in Christ – who have nothing better to do with their time than to promote crap.
You know it’s out there. Surely you’ve seen it by now. They’re talking trash about Disney’s newest movie, Frozen. In fact, it’s gone so far that these people are accusing parents who take their children to see this movie of wanting to indoctrinate our little ones into being gay.
Are you even serious?!
I went and saw the movie. I loved it.
And I left there thinking what a wonderful job Disney did at straying away from the whole “love at first sight” and “happily ever after” storyline. Those are feel-good themes, but they rarely ring true in real life.
They touched on much more difficult situations and relationships in this movie. Because, let’s face it, sometimes life is hard. And we struggle with our feelings of inadequacy and fitting in.
Yet, the theme running throughout the movie that I saw was nothing more (or less) than sacrificial sibling love (something that, quite frankly, we don’t see nearly enough of in our society these days)!
John 15:13 says “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Yet, we don’t see nearly enough of this mentality nowadays. It’s a “dog eat dog world.” I remember, many years ago, a boss of mine telling me that I would need to learn to step on people to get to the top. (I realized, right then and there, that the “top” was not a place that I’d ever want/need to be.) I have tried to teach this to my children ever since.
People will twist ANYTHING to turn it into something that they want it to be. I’m not even sure why I’m surprised because they do it with the Bible. Scripture is misquoted or taken out of contest ALL THE TIME!
But, rather than looking for evil around every turn, and accusing everyone and everything of being evil, how about building one another up? How about looking for good? Rather than accusing and damning people to hell, shouldn’t we be sharing the Gospel (God’s Word, not our own) and introducing them to heaven? Jesus himself sat down with sinners. He didn’t treat them in an accusatory manner, but treated them with love and with grace. Shouldn’t we be following in His footsteps? Aren’t we to be striving to be more like Him?
Just remember, when one person says something, it’s not necessarily a reflection on all people who claim that title. The CEO of Disney might believe something that I don’t necessarily believe – but we can still both love Walt Disney World. One pastor might say something that I disagree with – his words are not my own or the words of many Christians. Be careful not to make generalizations or blanket statements.
If you’re wondering “what is truth?” remember the words of 2 Tim. 3:16 – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”. Look to the Bible for truth. And, if someone says something that doesn’t seem to line up to the Scriptures, remember what we are told in I Jn. 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” If someone’s words don’t line up with Scripture, then they are NOT truth. Plain and simple.
As for feelings, remember the words of Jer. 17:9 – “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” In other words, don’t trust your feelings or your heart – but seek fact and truth.
Sorry if my thoughts are nothing more than a jumbled mess. I’ve just read so much on this subject today and felt the need to post some thoughts while they were fresh in my mind. For more on this very subject, here’s a great perspective article from Movie Guide.