Disney movies have entertained us for almost 75 years. The unforgettable characters, timeless stories, and inspiring music of these films have been engrained into our culture.
And here’s part of the reason why. Any great film, any great theatrical production, any good work of art or piece of literature deals with the human condition. What makes it great is that we resonate with it. We see ourselves in the characters and we identify with the circumstances and problems they face as their stories unfold. We find it speaks to us and it speaks to our human condition.
And the gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s response to the human condition. So, any time we find the human condition accurately portrayed and the hopes and dreams of human beings, anytime we see that we’re going to see something that points us toward the gospel.
Sunday we are going to take a look at how we see the Gospel illustrated in one of Disney’s most popular and acclaimed animated films, The Lion King. The film tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa as the king of the Pride Lands. This makes Simba's villainous uncle Scar jealous of him. When Mufasa is suddenly murdered by Scar, Simba feels responsible for his death and runs away from home. Meeting up with two outcasts named Timon and Pumbaa, Simba embraces their ways of 'Hakuna Matata'. Years later, approached by his childhood friend Nala and the wise baboon Rafiki, Simba must return home to stop Scar's evil reign and fulfill his destiny as the new king.
Whether you are 4 or 94, join us for a look at the Gospel message in a fresh and fun new way, through the images and music of this Oscar winning movie.