Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Finding Jesus in Frozen
I had heard about the frenzied passion with which small children were being frothed by a new Disney movie titled Frozen, but I didn't know why so many were in such an uproar over this film. I saw it once, and because I have a son (age 4) and a daughter (age 2) I came to realize the power of the film. Great animation, great music, great characters. It is a good movie!
It wasn't until I saw it for what was probably the 17th time that I came to realize something about this movie that made me "love it even more" (Olaf - the talking snowman, in the movie).
The movie talks about the relationship between fear and love. Elsa is a future queen, who for nearly her entire life has been told to hide her magic freezing power, because of what other people might think about it. Near the very beginning someone tells her and her family that fear will be her enemy, but it is from that point on that she and her parents give into fear by sequestering her from the rest of the world, including her younger sister.
The end of the movie is where the theological teeth of this movie come to the foreground. Anna, the younger sister has to decide whether or not she is going to save herself and watch her sister die, or put her life on the line for her sister. Spoiler alert! (not that I am spoiling this for very many people, it is Disney's largest money making film of all time). She sacrifices herself for her sister, thus saving her sister, her home country and it turns out herself as well.
It is through a profoundly self-sacrificial act of love, that one person saves everyone else. Sound a lot like Jesus to me! And as if that wasn't cool enough, Elsa, has a revelation in that moment. She realizes that love is the counter to fear and her love thaws the ice which has covered the kingdom for much of the movie! The creators of this movie probably didn't have the Bible in mind while making the film, but they were harnessing a theme that comes right out of a New Testament letter. In 1 John, the Apostle John, says: "Perfect love casts out fear." Elsa, Anna and the rest of the main characters standing there for this scene see the power of love to thaw what had been a fear filled frozen wasteland.
It is the perfect love of God for humanity that brought the Son of God, Jesus Christ to earth to live, minister, die and rise again on our behalf! It is the love of God which transforms us from fear filled people into faith filled people. And it is the love of God which will thaw the world of its frozen broken nature and bring about the transformation of humanity more into the likeness of Jesus!
This wonderful musical movie may be entertainment for most other people, and it may be the most common theme for girl's birthday parties for an entire generation, but near the heart of it all it has some really insightful theology!