Deuteronomy 6:4-7, 12 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise… then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (ESV)
With summer comes the search for fun activities to do with the kids. During one of our lazy corners of downtime, we discovered ‘The Croods’ movie just showed up on Netflix.
A family of cave people live in fear. They hide in darkness. A messenger, ‘Guy’, brings light. He warns of the end of the world. Suddenly an earthquake destroys their family cave, and with it, their old way of life. Guy tells that the times are “the beginning of the end”, as the ground is crumbling. This starts them on a journey. Everything’s new, exciting and different.
The dad of the family has a curious resistance to hope, often telling stories teaching the family to fear.
Guy pipes up, “My stories never end in death.”
He tells about a story of a girl – the daughter of the family who first met him.
“The closer she came to the edge, the more she could hear, see and feel. She saw the light, reached out to touch it, she slipped and flew to ‘tomorrow’. A place that’s not like today or yesterday, a place that’s better.'”
“Tomorrow’s not a place”, Dad protests.
“Yes, it is, I’ve seen it. That’s where I’m going,” he invites the family to join him.
They must learn to survive, constantly moving forward toward a type of promised land called, ’tomorrow’ – A land of hope, that keeps them on track toward it. The only way to live and arrive at the promised land is to, “jump on the sun and ride it to tomorrow”.
It’s a neat parody to our journey as Christians.
Today’s passage in scripture comes as an encouragement and a warning. We are not to forget how the Lord has delivered us from our old life of sin and death. We are to love God with our all in response to what He’s done, and to take this teaching to others.
We must take every opportunity to teach our kids to know and love God. How to seek God and strengthen their relationship. The Holy Spirit will help us to do this, as we ask Him, as He has already been doing.
Even a summer movie, like ’The Croods’, gives us opportunity to start a truth-filled conversation. Like in the tale of the Croods, we now live in the light. We trust in God’s promise to raise us up to live with Him in eternal life.
Was this movie created to be a parody of the Christian walk? Who knows. There seems to be a good chance Christian’s were involved, with the strong parallel. The band that plays ‘Shine Your Way’ at the end of the movie is, Owl City. Owl City also recorded ‘In Christ Alone’ and ‘My Everything’ among other more secular works.
Dear Heavenly Father, Let us always have in the forefront of our minds what You’ve saved us from. You are our Living Hope, Whom we seek after. Enable us to teach all good things concerning You to our kids and other child-like figures You place in our life. Help them understand the application of Your Word in their lives. ~Amen