Under the Sea: A Changing Culture
There is no better way to influence the Youth of our nation than through Disney movies. Over the years, children, young and old, have been inspired by the courage, bravery, and heroism portrayed by the different characters in the timeless Disney films. One movie that has stood out over time is The Little Mermaid. Not only does it call for bravery and independence, but it taught there is more to life than is just seen under the surface. In the movie Ariel the mermaid, was searching for something more in life. She would spend her days at the surface, observing the land dwellers and how wonderful their lives all seemed. She knew there was a major separation from where she was and the great life waiting for her on the shore. Ariel sang out, “What would I give to live where you are. What would I pay to stay here beside you? What would I do to see you smiling at me. Where would we walk, where would we run, if we could stay all day in the sun? Just you and me, and I could be, part of your world.” She knew what she desired was by no means popular, and that even her father would not approve. So, it was up to Ariel to make one major life change that would affect her entire world.
Sometimes in life, in order to get where you want to be, you must make difficult choices and life changes. When it comes to changing culture, it all starts with one very important change in the life of each individual: a heart open to God and the Good News of the Gospel. Be warned, not everyone will be accepting of the choices and changes that you make, no matter how good they may be. Sebastian the crab said, “Ariel, listen to me. The human world is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.” Just like Ariel’s life under the sea, our world thinks that the “freedom” we have in our culture is better than any “slavery” to Christ through Faith. Our culture often views Christianity as a dangerous tool that corrupts the mind; Christians know better, when you give your life over to Christ, you become even more free through His saving blood. Believers must live our lives for Christ. We will never be perfect, but our lives will be noticeably different than those living worldly lives. Just like Ariel, we never know who may look up at us through the surface, observing our lives from the outside. It isn’t always the life changes themselves that people notice, but the affects these changes have on our lives. Live in such a way that people see a difference in your life which leads them to contemplate their own life choices. Culture is changed one heart and life at a time. As Christians, we should spend our lives planting seeds in our culture. Once these seeds are planted, God will use these seeds to grow, shape and change culture in His timing.
Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV) says, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”