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Entertainment is a controversial topic among Christians.

How much is too much? What shows are appropriate? Is violence better than sex? etc. etc.

But one aspect of entertainment I rarely hear talked about is how fathers can “spin” secular entertainment into spiritual lessons.

For example, here’s the opening scene from the latest Pixar film, Coco:

In the scene, the boy explains how his family is not like other families because his grandmother hates music and tries to shut it out from their life.

This simple scene could be used to illustrate a number of spiritual truths like…

  • Just like the bitter grandmother who wanted to shut out music, so do some people become bitter against God and shut out the light.
  • Even if those around you are bitter, you can still have joy in your heart just like the little boy in the Coco
  • God gives us reason to sing, just like the boy in Coco
  • Some people want to snuff out the light, just like the grandmother wanted to snuff out music. But you can’t hold back the truth for long.
  • God wants his truth to be like music to our ears. Just like the boy in Coco.

The next time you’re watching a show with your wife or kids, keep your eyes open for good illustrations. Spiritual truths are more readily grasped when there is a tangible reference point.

Now, I think I need to get to “work” and catch up on my movie watching 😉