A Wrinkle in Your THINKING

Yesterday, while flying home from Tennessee, I decided to watch a movie while I sat in my little tiny space on the aircraft.  I was bored.  The Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time that I chose was recently released on DVD.  The original book was written by Madeleine L’Engle.  L’Engle who died in 2007, was a devout Christian and said she used A Wrinkle in Time to share her reflections about God.  “If I’ve ever written a book that says what I feel about God and the universe, this is it,” L’Engle reportedly wrote in her journal about the book. “This is my psalm of praise to life, my stand for life against death.”

While watching the moving I realized that there were a lot of analogies to the Christian faith, especially when it came to light and darkness.  However, something really got my attention that actually made me cry during the movie.  Not because the movie moved me to tears, I cried because of what Disney failed to mention. They failed to be true to the author’s intended message of Christ dispelling the darkness.  I felt as though Disney had a “Wrinkle in their THINKING.”

At one point in the movie, one character mentions several spiritual, religious and historical icons. The list includes, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Einstein, Bach, and Gandhi as having fought to defeat the Dark Thing with love, but they excluded Jesus Christ as if Christianity was the one thing they wanted to avoid.  You should know that in the book, however, Jesus is the iconic figure who conquers the darkness.  How can you not mention Christ as one who overcomes the dark thing, when only true love comes from Him?  Maybe the omission of Christianity was to promote the darkness with the New Age philosophy.

John 3:17-21, declares, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”  KJV

The greatest act of love ever shown to human kind was performed on a hill called Calvary.  It’s where Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave and overcame the dark thing (the devil) by dying on a cross for the sins of the world.  If you simply can’t see that Christ is the only one that can defeat the “Dark Thing” then maybe you have a “Wrinkle in Your THINKING!”

2 thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Your THINKING”

  1. Excellent insight to this movie. I too was disappointed in Hollywood’s attempt to bring to life a great story. Not one mention of Jesus …. yet, the writer makes it clear who conquers darkness.
    I’m sure it entertained and helped to pass air time. It also lets us know we are still in spiritual warfare!
    Safe travels, Bishop Rob!

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