Don’t Fear the Children

So one thing you’ll quickly learn about me is that I’m a huge Pixar/Disney fan. I’ve been watching Monsters Inc. in segments this past week and I can’t help but think that we’re just as blind and ignorant as the monsters in the movie.

In case you haven’t seen it, the idea is that the monsters in Monstropolis get their electrical energy by kids’ screams. The way they get those is by portable doors that are brought to the monsters which leads into every child’s closet. The monsters then come out of the closet and scare kids, capturing their screams, thus supplying energy to Monstropolis. However, the monsters have been brainwashed into thinking that the children are dangerous and even deadly. So what is a monster’s greatest fear? Children!

But we’re not much brighter. We fear man. We clamor for man’s approval and stop at nothing to gain the respect of the masses. And if we’re honest with ourselves, on our worst days, we’d rather be judged by God than by our bosses. This is the wrong way of living. Jesus is very clear in Matthew 10:28: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.”

We’re so anxious to please others and remain certain not to offend ignorant people with the Gospel, but we’d much rather offend the One who commanded us to do just that! Think about it. There are plenty of reasons why we don’t witness the way we ought. Laziness and carelessness may be at the top of the list, but fear is most certainly right up there. Why won’t you witness to your boss? Because you’re afraid of getting fired. Why won’t you witness to your neighbor? Because you’re afraid of making future front yard conversations terse and awkward.

Remember. These people who do not know the Gospel are as harmless as a child in Monster Land. You have the Holy Spirit fighting with you, and enabling you to carry on the task. And don’t loose sight of who the real enemy is: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

Don’t be like the monsters who are scared of little children. Know who your real enemy is and realize the potential – through Christ – they’re keeping you from. And if you haven’t seen Monsters Inc., you might want to check it out before the Prequel comes out in the next year or so. It’ll be big.

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4 Responses to Don’t Fear the Children

  1. irishsignora says:

    Outstanding point and analogy. I hope you don’t mind that I shared (again)!

  2. kenstewart says:

    Hope you don’t mind–I re-blogged this on Noble Heart Base Camp, a private site associated with http://www.TheNobleHeart.com by Gary Barkalow. Gary was at Focus on the Family, probably before you were born. His site is about men (and women) finding their true hearts and fulfiling their calling/purpose/destiny in life. He was also with John Eldredge (www.RansomedHeart.com and author of books like Wild At Heart, Fathered by God, Waking the Dead, and co-author of The Sacred Romance). Gary was in the original filming of the videos used widely in the Wild At Heart teachings, and would probably love to hear about your connection with FOTF. You can contact him at gary@thenobleheart.com, or through the website if you like.

    Keep up the good blogging!

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