Aug 21st (397 words)
“Dear God, we really need your presence. We need your strength as life complicates itself. We need your wisdom for navigating the maze of realities that open up. The story-lines are competing for our attention. We need your love in order to sing a different song from the society around us. Make our feet dance to a different rhythm.”
What is wrong with society? What is wrong in society? Where is the social-life-world going?
You will give different answers to these questions depending on the story you believe in your deepest being.
If you believe many of the stories of Disney you might answer that nothing is wrong with society – that this universe follows Norse Mythology – that Good and Evil [capitalized as eternal forces] are always equally at odds and equal in strength [Starwars and many of the Marvel Superheroes]. We are now locked in the struggle of good and evil – and one without the other is absurd. Ying-yang is all that exists and should exist – whether you like it or not.
Another Disney theme says that what is wrong with society is anything that goes against infatuation and free sexual expression. You might not have consciously picked this up from movies like Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp and Aladdin (I’m dating myself…). This storyline makes romantic love the ultimate goal of everything. Quickly: this distorts love from a sacrificial decision to work for the good of another to a warm-fuzzy feeling – most clearly expressed in sex. I reject this story-line.
There is a newer, third story-line most clearly shown in the movie Frozen. This is perhaps the most ambitious story-line of Disney. It is one where you become your own god – you become your own authority – you self-author your story. You can do what you know to be right, regardless of what the gods have said. This expression sounds the most self-empowering – the best… but it hides a stubborn refusal to submit to God and his authority.
What is our story? It is worked out clearest in the Bible – from Genesis to the final book of Revelation. Our story is all about knowing God – and being known by Him (submitting to his blueprints for our lives). Dancing with God is our greatest destiny – and he is not a tame dance partner.
How he loves us – he is jealous for us!
Love him too!