The Gospel according to Frozen

She was born with it.

She couldn’t control it.

It grew more and more powerful.

She tried to master it. She tried to conceal it.

She lived her life trying not to sin. She struggled against it. She isolated herself in hopes of not exposing who she was.

She was powerful, but she was dangerous. Her entire life revolved around her trying to keep her sin under wraps.

The wise troll-sage told her that her life would be a constant fight against fear.

The only answer that was given to her was to try harder. And yet, fear grew.

Isolation grew.

Despair grew.

She was wasting her life trying to not sin. She could accomplish nothing as this insurmountable task consumed her attention.

One day, she snapped. She couldn’t handle it anymore.

Her isolation climaxed.

She embraced her sin. “The cold never bothered me anyway.” She dove deep into the chasms of loneliness and magic.

And yet, her sin continued to hurt those she loved.

Then someone came to her driven by love and a hope to restore what was lost.

The curse fell on the very one coming to save her. It enveloped her. The saving-one was consumed by the cursed-one’s sin, slowly dying a frozen death.

In the moment of ultimate crisis, the saving-one had to decide whether to seek her own salvation and freedom from the curse, or sacrifice her life for the sake of the one she loved. She died saving the cursed-one’s. The one who had killed her.

But no, fear and sin did not win. Love was the answer. Selfless, sacrificial love broke the curse. She came back to life, restored by the deeper magic.

Then the cursed one saw for the first time that love was the opposite of fear. Where self-righteousness had failed, love succeeded.

 

What they got right:

  • Trying not to sin is a waste of a life. Living for righteousness is much different than simply trying not to sin. Many people try to become okay by not sinning. This is self-righteousness, but it often masquerades as self-control.
  • We are born powerful. Many people and religions have tried to suppress the fact that we were created amazing, powerful and able to live life successfully. Worm theology tells us that we are worth nothing but to sit in the mud and wait until the rapture. How many dark ages have there been in our lives and our history where religiously minded folk have told us that expressing ourselves is sinful and wrong?
  • Like her, we are not able to save ourselves from the curse. Although God has created us with the ability to live life, we don’t have the capacity to remove that which we were born under.
  • We often react to the stifling nature of religion and controlling parents by embracing the thing that will kill us. We rebel. We turn against authority and God. We isolate. We become our own masters. Our own gods. And yet, we hurt those we love and settle for a meager existence.
  • Neither fighting against nor embracing sin is the answer to sin.
  • There was one who came to save us. Who became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God. Who fully embraced the curse that was isolating and killing us. We killed the saving one. He chose our life over his own.
  • Self-sacrificial love is the only power greater than that of sin.
  • Romantic story-book love will not solve your problems. I so appreciate that Disney finally wrote a new story instead of the continuous lie, “Find a boy/girl and your world will be perfect. Your being okay depends on finding the One.”
  • Changing from living to not sin into living out of love and for righteousness does, in fact, change everything.

 

What was off:

  • In God’s story, sin was destroyed not modified to be “good magic.” If the Frozen curse represents sin, then it should have been completely broken and removed at the moment of self-sacrificial love.

 

In light of all the positives and the fact that it’s a secular movie, I can let this one misrepresentation slide. Portraying magic as being good as long as it is used for good things is a very popular stance in our society. I think it is very destructive to our concept of the true supernatural world and Christian parents need to have good conversations about these topics with their kids.

There are probably many other inaccuracies between the movie and the Redemption story (like: snowmen aren’t “Biblical”).

I doubt anyone at Disney was actively trying to tell the story of Jesus, but they did. Is it a coincidence that this movie is so crazy popular? This always has been and always will be the most beautiful love story.

Honestly, this movie illustrates (pun intended) the story of redemption better than many “Christian” movies out there. I was absolutely amazed, surprised and overjoyed by the message that this movie displayed.

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About Nathan Banker

Nathan, Michelle and their two sons are occupational ministers in the Twin Cities. They do spiritual mentoring, a form of prayer ministry call Prayer Resolution and help run a small church-like community called Immerse. They dream of changing the world, one person at a time.

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