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Last Christmas during our stay in Tennessee we went to my brother-laws parents house for Christmas Day. We relaxed, watched movies, played games, the dogs were well loved by my kids, and we read the christmas story. But, during the course of the day the girls decided to watch the Disney movie Brave. I had hesitated to let my kids watch Brave because I had heard not so good reports about it from Christian radio and other Christian outlets. I have learned over time that I need to shift through not only secular views, but also Christian views, but I had failed to do this.
What the christian commentaries were saying was that the movie was about a rebellious girl who did not submit to her parents and was not obediant. They said there were scary parts in there that were not appropriate for young children. It was over all dogged on by the Christian world. But, when I finally sat down to watch it with my kiddo’s I was frustrated with myself. Because I had thrown my usual I’ll decide if there is ok for our family or not and simply listened to outside sources. What I took away from Brave was that it was about a mother and daughter learning to appreciate each others differences. The daughter setting her wild, rebellious nature aside and seeing just how much her mother loved her and has taught her. It was also about the mother seeing her independant, fiery, spirited daughter as a young woman who would have the spunk to lead their people and be able to handle a nation and a kingdom. Sure the daughter was “rebellious” and stretching her wings and trying her independance out, but what teenager or child doesn’t do this?
Yes, there were scary scenes that my four year old twins found scary, but they were also able to see that after the scary parts are done, there is victory and triumph. We also left it up to the twins whether they wanted to stay in the room or find something else to do.
Lesson learned, before I make a decision on anything whether it be entertainment, a book, modern opinion, or anything else, I need to check it out for myself first, then make an opinion, christian or otherwise.