2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 36
Song #5 – “Let It Go” – Frozen
Let’s face it. There has never been a musical craze based on a song from a Disney film quite like the recent phenomenon that is Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go,” from the studio’s latest animated feature, “Frozen,” (not to be confused with Demi Lovato’s not-so-epic cover that even Disney gave up on). The song has become the new anthem for millenials everywhere proclaiming their independence from the rigid structures and expectations of tradition and the status quo.
However, as freeing as belting the lyrics to “Let It Go,” may be, there is a fundamental flaw in the sentimentality of the song. In the film, while Queen Elsa sings she is fleeing from dealing with her problems at home, and what’s worse, she’s abandoning all those people who are not as well off as she is, leaving them to suffer the repercussions. She proclaims, “let the storm rage on, the snow never bothered me anyways.” But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother others, and while she has “power” that “flurries through the air into the ground,” she also has a responsibility to aid those who are powerless. As it says in Proverbs 14:31, “Those who exploit the powerless anger their maker, while those who are kind to the poor honor God,” (CEB).
God of the disinherited, we confess that we too often pretend not to notice the suffering in this world, ignoring the needs of the helpless and vulnerable in favor of our own desires. Give us hearts that are fixed, instead, only on your will, so that all may taste in the abundant life you intended for your creation. We pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who did your will, even unto the cross, and we praise you for the eternal liberation he offers. Amen.