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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wow, I Can't Believe I Just Saw That, Wednesday...

So, my blogging schedule has been really off for about a week.  I'm hoping to remedy that, starting tomorrow.  It's a very interesting time of life to say the least.  Ordinarily, I wouldn't make a Wednesday night post, but I came across this picture in an article I was reading (which I am not going to link here, because it's really not worth the controversy):

It is, however, worth a discussion.  This particular display (with which you may or may not be familiar) is aimed at children, and I can't quite figure it out.  To me, it seems that the intention is to incite fear.  The world's not safe.  Lock your door, and don't come out.  Then, you'll be safe.  Because that's what God wants.

Maybe I just don't get it, but I thought we were supposed to go into the world to share Christ, not hide behind locked... chained... dead bolted doors.  And I never got the impression that being a disciple of Jesus was supposed to be safe.

I think one of the most evil Disney villains ever is Mother Gothel, from Tangled.  If you're not familiar with the story, she steals a baby (Rapunzel) and then locks her in a tower for her entire childhood, claiming that she is keeping Rapunzel safe while really using Rapunzel for her own well being.  Let's not pretend that our children belong to us.  God does, indeed, entrust them to us for a little while, but let's not lock them into our homes (or maybe worse yet, our narrow worldviews) in such a way that they cannot become the people who they were created to be in the world.  Maybe the world's not safe, but I guarantee you, the life behind that locked door isn't either.  Let's do less worrying and more living...


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