When asked, a 6- year-old boy said that the reason he liked “Frozen” was that he liked the magic.
I have to admit it threw me. First, because he was a boy. He didn’t deny he liked “Frozen,” although his sister singing “Let it Go” over and over must have driven him a little crazy. J
Second, because, at six, I didn’t think he’d identify with the “magic” as much as he would the abominable snowman or the scene with the wolves or with Kristoff.
Third, because he actually stated that he liked the “magic,” and he identified it as that. What is magic to a six-year-old? Aren’t there so many books and movies out there with outlandish impossibilities in them (talking dogs, smiling clouds, unbelievable fighting turtles, etc) that they just think of it as a cartoon or make believe?
I remember another child finally finding out the truth about Santa Claus. He immediately asked if God and Jesus were “make believe,” too. It took a lot of explaining to get that resolved.
That’s what bothers me so much about Disney and other movie makers, and this whole thing with magic. What are our children absorbing, internalizing?
God has a lot to say about it—mostly that we should stay away from it. In fact, he says a witch should be put to death. Much more serious than we think. And yet, today’s society is drenched in its search for the supernatural. A lot of it demonic.
You remember the controversy with both Harry Potter and the Twilight series? I think the problem here is that, while wizards and vampires and magic have always been around, society at least knew that they were wrong.
Dracula (the epitome of devilish vampires) was actually a book written in 1897 by Bram Stoker. But at the end of the book (and the many movies made from it), Dracula is killed with a stake to the heart, along with all the other vampires.
At that time, society and the culture had a grasp on good and evil. Evil was not sugar-coated, neither was it mixed together with good in such a way that we could not tell them apart. There were no anti-heroes. (Think of that term. What is that, anyway?)
In Hebrews 5:14, God says we should have our senses exercised to discern between good and evil. The sad fact is that it’s not just the children who have trouble discerning good and evil, but their parents, too.
2nd Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth…” Time in God’s Word helps set right our thinking.
I think God put a desire in our lives for the supernatural—one that satan will try to fill if we’re not careful.
Have you sat down and done a study on what the Bible says about magicians, sorcerers, witches, and witchcraft? And then sat down with your children and explained it to them?
If your son or daughter seems to be looking for that, why not tell them about the miracles Jesus did, about the Holy Spirit, and angels. Read to them about visions and angels and demons and prayer. (Dan 10 is a great story with which to start.) Then talk about good and evil.