I recently heard a podcast from Kevin Swanson’s Generations Radio broadcast commenting on the latest Disney movie, Frozen, and the egregious sin it displays for all to see. Sin like homosexuality and bestiality, words that certainly don’t give grace to the hearers. And it was mentioned that the progressive camps are all too happy about this.
I have a sister that has seen the movie with her daughter, but much to my regret, she did not discern the message of the abominable sin represented there. But as Swanson mentioned in his broadcast, the film is produced by the strongest pro homosexual organization, so is it any wonder when something evil is lurking there? According to critics of the film, it makes sin look enticing.
I am not a fan of Disney. I really am not drawn to all the fuss, or the pageantry thereof. I have two of three small children who have not been to Disneyland at all, despite our living in southern California. I know many families flock to its doors annually, if not more frequently to visit Mickey and friends.
We know as believers in Christ that we are not to have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). We need to let our little light shine. So how do we apply what to do with the little light of ours and how to best let it shine in the darkness:
- We need to lead a life of repentance. God calls us to repentance. As a parent, I need to lead my children through a life of repentance and spend more time talking about my own repentance. I need to shine a light on my own struggles and issues and tell my children about how God has helped me through them.
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
- Fasting and prayer. If we are struggling with major issues in our families, it’s time for fasting and prayer. We know that things were bad in Ninevah as Jonah was commanded to go and tell the people to turn away from their sin lest God destroy the city. I think God is so merciful and long-suffers for our own city, the land of Disney in the culture in which we live. Why doesn’t God destroy? He waits for us to humble ourselves and repent, to pray and fast. This carries such a transformation for the family, I have found.
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6
“But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:17-18
- Shut off media. I like this advice. In a recent family visit, my relative asked if I had heard on the news such and such an incident. I was quick to tell her that I didn’t watch or hear the news. In fact, I have avoided for months the headlines, reports, and the same ole same ole sin saturated reporting of the day. I can’t stomach the currents of our culture. I cannot bear to hear about another broken family or the next massacre of people. This brings no grace to my ears. It doesn’t edify me. I want to protect my ears and focus on what I need to do here. But all this to say that I don’t want to be unaware of what is significantly important. I know what is going on in my family, in my sphere of influence and that takes precedence, so I’ll put my energy there. My husband is a type of filter for our family. He has a pulse on what is going on out there beyond our sphere. I appreciate his leading in that area. What I have found in this shut-off of the media is that it also keep my family engaged in valuable conversations as we are plugged out of the matrix.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
- Shine your little light in a church that lives and breathes repentance. We need to be sharpened, edified, and admonished to live a life of repentance in a church body whose members are exhorted to do so. And as such, we can cut off all that has a stronghold of us.
“And if your right hand causes you to offend, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is better for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:30