If you've ever been to Disney World, you know one thing: When Disney does something, they do it RIGHT!
This company has "excellence" written all over it!
Some of our family went to Disney World a couple of weeks back. We were there to pick up our daughter Bekah, who had been working there since January in the Disney College Program. She LOVED her experience there!
While we were there, we had the opportunity to check out several of the parks, along with the great rides, interesting exhibits, and so on...but the light shows and fireworks shows are a big part of the Disney Experience!
One show in particular, Disney's "Fantasmic" which shows at Hollywood Studios, was pretty amazing! The theme is basically good (in the character of Mickey Mouse) triumphing over evil (in the character of Malificent). The way they do it is very impressive, though--with fire, water, video, fireworks, lasers...it is an amazing production! When Mickey finally triumphs in the end, the cheers of the crowd are deafening!
The cynics would say something about this being 'just a mouse', and some of the Christians I've known might get offended and call it 'idolatry', but I think it's something more: I think the Imagineers at Disney have tapped into the drive each of us has within to know that Good WILL triumph over evil...and to cheer when that happens!
It's the same thing you see in all the great stories...the Lord of the Rings; The Chronicles of Narnia; even Harry Potter! One of the reasons these stories are so powerful is because of the struggle of 'good' to triumph. Disney has worked this formula into almost every one of their hit films over the years, with powerfully successful results. ...and the Mouse is the hero! It's pretty cool...(see video)
However, ultimately, it is just a story...and the real 'GOOD over Evil" scenario has been played out in harsh reality, on a cross, and in an empty tomb! Jesus conquered satan, sin, and death, once and for all.
"Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet." (Hebrews 10:11-13)
THAT is the victory of good over evil that people need to understand, embrace, and cheer for!
The Mouse is cool. Disney does a great job of touching that desire we all have to see good triumph, and they do it with EXCELLENCE!
But make no mistake: There IS real evil out there, there IS a real villian, and there IS a real hero--Jesus IS Lord!
"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:10-11)