Why does it not alarm us (people of Faith) that overt pagan themes are in the forefront of our entertainment?
Disney’s Moana (means “ocean”) tells the story of a little “strong-willed” (rebellious) daughter of a Polynesian chief.
She is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic to a goddess. She takes off on a journey and joins herself to a very tattoo-ized, shape shifting demigod named Maui. This falls into the category of movies where I shouldn’t have to review – because what business does a follower of the Savior have with lifting up any of these elements. Why would someone even make such themes (idolatry, paganism, sorcery, rebellion, demonism) part of a children’s story? Would anyone need to review this to let you know if there were dirty words or love scenes in it?
“Our people perish for lack of knowledge.” No one needs a crusading preacher to warn them of hidden themes (and I’m sure there are plenty of those) or backward masking. The sad thing is, that it is out in the open and it is being celebrated. I can assure you there is some sort of “redeeming” moral message which will justify our lust for entertainment. I will admit, it is hard to tell a movie buff, like myself, that there are no good movies to see at the multi-plex. But someone needs to comfort us in such trying times, “It’s OK. Read a book. Speak to a real person. Have a sandwich. You don’t HAVE to see a movie today.”
I know this is a hard horse-pill to swig down, but movies which celebrate sin, they mock righteousness, they mock God (Yahweh of hosts). If I continue to sit down in a theater (or in the living room in front of the tube) in front of these, I am, in fact, sitting in the seat of the scornful.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,” Prophet Isaiah 5:20
See for yourself:
And that’s basically the deal. Thanks for reading. Please share with your friends.
Update: Here is my Basically The Deal – Review on this movie: