I think I’m done with Disney. I know. I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to be the ultra-critical grouch who complains about everything – who can’t watch a movie without ranting about every perceived flaw or foible.
I don’t want to be that guy.
I don’t want to be the crazy guy on the street corner shouting at the top of his lungs that rock-and-roll is the devil’s music and that playing any kind of video game will turn your child into Jeffrey Dahmer.
But I do feel I need to say something about the dangers of Disney. You see, some temptations of the devil are immediately apparent. I hope you don’t let your eight-year-old watch movies like Fifty Shades of Grey or Saw. Actually, I hope you don’t feel the need to watch them as adults either. Common sense dictates that such movies are detrimental to our children.
But we’re talking about Disney, though – the people who brought us Bambi and The Mickey Mouse Club. Aladdin is still one of my top ten all-time favorite movies. Even as an adult, I enjoy binge watching the Toy Story trilogy just as much as The Godfather trilogy.
The problem with modern Disney movies is that the dangers are subtle. Unchristian messages are wrapped in shiny pink bows and accompanied by catchy songs. Parents inherently trust Disney. They allow the Disney Channel to help them raise their children. They unquestioningly take their kids to see every Disney movie.
Disney, however, seems to have an agenda nowadays. There are certain values they wish to instill in our children, some of which directly contradict what God tells us in his Word.
Most Disney movies today teach that all people are inherently good. Bad behavior is the result of bad things happening to a person. It’s not their fault. As the trolls sang in Frozen: “People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed, but throw a little love their way and you’ll bring out their best.”
At first glance that sounds good and loving. But actually, it contradicts the Bible. According to the Bible, we aren’t inherently good. We are inherently sinful. We don’t do bad things only because other people treat us bad or because we are afraid. Sin comes very naturally to us. Sin starts in our hearts.
Disney morality teaches that you should always and unquestioningly follow your heart. Don’t listen to those who try to keep you from doing what you feel is right. According to Disney morality, the only evil in our world is intolerance – those who tell you that what you feel or think is wrong or bad.
In contrast, the Bible teaches that our thoughts and feelings are stained by sin and selfishness. The voice inside of us is not always the voice of truth. The voice we always need to listen to is God’s, which speaks to us through his Word, the Bible.
God wants us to lovingly point out when people are doing what he considers wrong or bad. God wants us to humbly accept such correction and follow him – even when our hearts or feelings tell us otherwise.
Disney morality encourages your children to follow their hearts no matter what, even if it leads them away from what God says in his Word about things like sexuality and gender identity.
You may think I’m overreacting. You may think I am the crazy guy shouting on the street corner. For many in our world, what I am saying is an example of the intolerance and bigotry Disney stands against.
Just know that Disney movies today have a moral agenda which often contradicts what the Bible says. Know what your kids are watching. Listen carefully to those catchy songs.
As for me, I think I’m done with Disney.