I was a bit surprised when, a few days after Thanksgiving, my Facebook newsfeed blew up with comments by folks who had gone to see Disney’s Frozen and proclaimed it a total delight. I like a talking snowman as much as the next moviegoer, but the previews I had seen didn’t really light up my imagination, and I figured Frozen was just a mildly humorous family-friendly flick designed to get the kids out of the house during the holiday season.
However, I finally saw the movie this weekend, and I will unabashedly admit that those posts on my Facebook feed were right. Frozen was delightful. And not only did it make me laugh and smile, it honestly also pointed me to the Lord. I’m no movie critic, but I’m all for Biblical wisdom no matter where it’s found. So here, without further ado, are three Bible verses I thought of while eating gummy worms at the movie theater, watching Frozen. (Plot spoilers ahead. Sorry.)
1. “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” Genesis 2:18
Our main girl Elsa spends so much of the movie being alone and afraid, and the impression is given that much of her childhood was spent that way, as well. Anna’s exuberance when the gates of the castle are finally opened reminded me of the truth that I am prone to forget—it’s not always good to be alone. (There’s even a whole song in the movie about it!) I loved this in the ending as well—Elsa’s acceptance in the community as her true self is part of what helps her cast off her fear and shame. We need each other!
2. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay his life down for his friends.” John 15:13
When it was revealed that “an act of true love” was all that would save Anna from turning to ice, I was mentally prepared for Kristoff to charge in there and rescue her, standard Disney-style. So I LOVED it when instead, Anna used her last bit of strength to save her sister Elsa. Sacrificial love. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.
3.“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
I got a huge smile on my face when Elsa realized that expressing her love for her sister could turn back the harsh winter storm that enveloped the kingdom. Her fear is what drives the winter power, and Anna’s love and acceptance of her breaks that and brings back summer. Happy ending!
Be discerning moviegoers, friends. There’s good stuff out there.
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