I love movies. As a family, it is the same. Every week, we have family movie night. The child who had their daddy date that week gets to pick family movie night. This past week, we watched The Rise of the Guardians.
If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a quick synopsis:
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.
One of the ways that we’ve learned to communicate the gospel to our kids is through cultural pieces like movies and stories. Every movie and story mirrors the story of God.
In the rise of the guardians, the character pitch was thrown out of the guardians. He came back to take over, to fight them. Pitch, played the character of Satan and evil. At one point, the character of Sandman was killed. At the end of the movie, Sandman rose from the dead, and defeated Pitch when it looked hopeless for the other guardians. Sandman, in that way, was similar to Jesus.
After watching the movie, over dinner we asked our kids and talked through:
- Who was Pitch like?
- Why was Pitch evil?
- What was Pitch trying to do to the kids in the movie?
- How does Satan tempt us to sin?
- Who was Sandman like?
- Did Jesus rise from the dead?
- Because Jesus rose from the dead, what does that mean for us?
- Can we conquer sin and death the way they did in the movie?
Communicating the gospel to your kids through movies and stories takes time and practice, but it isn’t as hard as you think. Every single kids movie from Pixar to anything else has this storyline. Just look and then talk about it with your kids. A great way to apply Deuteronomy 6.