One thing I was pondering as I was watching the Lion King live show was, “Where have all the Christian themes in pop culture gone?” I’m not that old, but I often suffer from that chronic old person syndrome where I think that the past was way better than the present. Truth is, we haven’t had too many good Christian themes in popular culture since the days of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.
Now I don’t want to make any statements about the moral implications of Harry Potter, that’s not the purpose of this post, but I do want to point out that it is not written from a Christian perspective. Neither is Aladdin, or Beauty and the Beast for that matter. The point is, none of these stories were written from a Christian perspective for the promotion of Christian values. The reason for that is because they are not written by Christians who hold Christian values.
When I was in Kenya over ten years ago the Christian nationals were offended by the only phrase that I knew in Swahili, “Hakuna Matata.” Apparently, that phrase doesn’t promote Christians values, as my translator was trying to explain to me. It’s not that it is profane or anything, it’s just not something the local Christian apparel stores where putting on their t-shirts.
Basically, Christian themes are not common in secular media because Christian artists are not present in the secular industries. I am convinced that if we really want to be both light and salt, we are going to have to take a hint from our great Christian predecessors like C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and George MacDonald and infiltrate the secular societies with just plain good art. Not the kind of stuff that heavy laden with Christian dogma like Fireproof and Facing the Giants (This is not to say that these movies don’t have their place), but the kind of stuff that huge hollywood studios will back with the kind of budget that will make a real blockbuster.
So stop complaining about how the secular media doesn’t promote Christian themes, turn off your TBN, and start writing comparable works of art that are as influential in culture as the stuff destroying it.