By Elizabeth Prata
I have my own memories of Disney. As a youngster I remember Tinkerbell opening Sunday evening’s TV show Wonderful World of Disney and being entranced by the pixie dust. Bambi and Snow White made an impression on me as I saw them in the theater for the first time in the 1960s.
I wanted to go to Disney and see all those marvels I had seen on the TV show. This desire came true a decade later as my father owned a condo in Palm Beach and we went to Florida Disney in the 1970s. I remember when EPCOT opened in 1982. We went right away, and my father was amazed at all the technology. He was thrilled to death that the monorail went through the Contemporary Hotel and barely ever stopped talking about it. I’ll never forget his thrilled laughing as the Monorail whisked us through for the first time. He loved that the Contemporary was slanted and was tickled at the idea that the elevators were called inclinators.
In the 1980s Disney movies for adults charmed me, like Never Cry Wolf, The Journey of Natty Gann, and others. I won’t forget in 2003 my own nephew waiting impatiently at the gates at our family trip at Disney to open and his little arms pumping up in joy when it was time to go in. My history with Disney goes back 50 years.
All good things must come to an end. Or rather, all good things not of Christ eventually deepen in sin. And it has with Disney. For many people, Disney has crossed a line from which many conservatives and Christians won’t go along. We can’t follow you to where you want to go, Disney, so we say goodbye.
Allie Beth Stuckey is a Christian conservative who is host of the podcast, “Relatable,” author of “You’re Not Enough (& That’s Okay),” and an opinion writer for WORLD. She is articulate, brilliant, and insightful. The other day on Instagram she posted the following comment about the news that Disney is actively seeking to introduce perverted characters into their material- movies, TV shows, etc. It’s her own goodbye to the corporation that many of us used to love and now shake our heads at ruefully.
I thought Allie Beth’s comment was spot-on, but ultimately encouraging, so I re-post her comment below:
“It makes me sad, but there’s no way we would bring our kids to Disney at this point. I know many of you are huge fans of Disney. The memories you made there growing up + the memories you’ve made there with your own children are meaningful to you — and for good reason. While my family has never been Disney-obsessed, I loved Disney World & the movies as a child. There’s not much simplicity and wonder in the world today, and Disney was once the go-to place to find them.”
“But God’s Kingdom is bigger & better than the Magic Kingdom, and we have to do our best to make decisions with this in mind. My responsibility as a parent is to do everything I can to steward my kids’ hearts and minds well. I can’t in good conscience hand them over to the influence of a corporation so openly trying to disciple them in an anti-God worldview. That would be a dereliction of my duty.”
“There are other forms of fun on Earth! It’s sad to give this up, but it’s not a tragedy. While everyone has to use wisdom, prayer & Biblical thinking to make their own decisions, and while I don’t think boycotting every single company that doesn’t agree with us is feasible, I think Christians should consider carefully supporting a company that’s unabashedly after the minds & souls of our children, publicly standing opposed to all that God says is good and right and true. These are troubling times, but they’re also God-ordained. We can handle them. Generations of Christians before us (and around the world today) are facing FAR WORSE than skipping out on theme parks. Let’s move forward in faith, truth, and courage.”
End of Allie Beth Stuckey comment.
May we all look up to heaven, remembering how loving and perfect Jesus is. We look forward to how His kingdom isn’t magical nor is populated with fictional characters, but real people whom we will see one day. We will meet David, and Paul, and Rahab, and Ruth and Lydia and Dorcas. Our departed believing family and friends. We will dwell where there will be no sin or perversion. What a relief that will be.
Meanwhile we have our own kingdom on earth. Our fellow saints and our weekly worship and our daily reminder from God’s word that we are citizens of a better country than any “magic kingdom.”
So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-21).