Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Come Holy Spirit and Guard Our Hearts, Our Minds and Our Time

The kids and I go to the Wehrenberg Theaters Summer Series freebie every week. Week 1 we saw Winnie the Pooh, which we all loved. Week 2 was The Smurfs which the kids thought was great but I was sadly disappointed. I don't remember there being so much focus on the sorcery and magic when I was a kid watching the saturday am cartoon. Plus, I was disgusted with the fact that they seemed to go out of their way to use as many foul and vulgar phrases as possible by replacing the foul word with Smurf. Definately not a movie I care to see again or would ever own. Last week the movie was Happy Feet 2. I honestly didn't care for this one much either. I felt like Happy Feet had an environmentalist agenda and in the 2nd one it was even more apparent. The poor penguins were trapped and at risk of starving to death. At one point there were some people on a boat and they tried to save them but to no avail. So in the end the penguins and other animals work together and save themselves. It seems to me the message we are sending our kids is "You don't need God. If people would just follow the example of the animals and work together we can save ourselves." Sometimes I think people actually make an idol out of the animals and nature. Also there is a side storyline about 2 krill named Will and Bill. They have gotten away from the rest of the krill and are becoming lonely. At this point one of them makes a suggestion that they only need each other and that they could adopt. The other one says something to the effect of "We're just friends. No hanky panky." And eventually they "separate" and the one who suggested that they adopt is heart broken. They eventually meet up again and rejoin the other krill. It just seems to me that the point here is to tug at the heart strings of children and parents with the goal of softening hearts toward the practice of homosexuality. We are like the frog that will stay in the pot and boil itself to death if you gradually turn up the burner. I am going to be praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide our choices in viewing material and how we spend our time. And this week we are opting to go to the zoo with my oldest daughter instead of The Summer Series. I would love to get feedback on my first blog post since I accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior.


Jacki Makinen said...

You are absolutely correct in seeing the underlying themes & agenda in mainstream movies and television. As for the Smurfs, when I first got a Netflix membership I requested the cartoon to share with my children. This was a year or so before the movie. After watching the first episode, I was appalled! My husband & I were in shock that we actually watched this as impressionable children, but more so abhorred that our parents allowed it! I have not seen the movie nor do I plan to, but your description fit the cartoon!

Our family recently watched "Captivated: the Movie" I very highly recommend it!

GCrew Mama said...

Angela, blogging is a great way to share thoughts. I'm so happy for you that you are doing this and you expressed yourself very well! ;) I too see hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) agendas. This one is a touchy subject, so I'll certainly be cautious interjecting my opinion. Because my mother is gay. So for me, I have learned from the experience to have compassion and put belief to the side. It is not for me to judge or say what is right and wrong. In instances such as Happy Feet 2, my children didn't notice the agenda. However, we do have many discussions on having compassion and understanding. While we have our belief, I worry that it could create an air of superiority and "I'm right, you're a sinner" attitude. That's when we become the judge-r, which is just as wrong. So, very touchy subject and congrats to you for expressing your thoughts well and in a sweet way! :) Keep writing!!!