The Lyrics of “Let It Go” from a Christian Perspective
There were reports that made nationwide news of a couple overly zealous folks, one being a Mormon mother as I recall, who voiced their concerns over the Disney animated movie “Frozen.” One of the concerned commentators claimed that the movie was motivating little girls towards lesbianism. The Mormon mother wrote at least a couple of blog posts on the issue voicing her concerns over the homosexual influences in the movie and more. Those blog posts became all the rage with people from both sides of the argument writing in the comments. And the fascination with the movie and soundtrack have not slacked off.
After hearing some of the commentary, reading some of the actual articles, and receiving some of the reports I judged that they were overreaching in their concerns. The movie gained so much positive notoriety, it seemed that every family with young kids had seen it, that my wife and I rented it to watch with our two year old daughter. We thought the movie was basically innocent. To see some of the things that the antagonists were seeing was outside of our reach. Could someone interpret things negatively? Sure, I can understand what the conservative critics were saying, but I think nothing comes of it, only a shrug of the shoulders and a roll of the eyes. I suppose you can find a boogy-man under every bed and in every closet if you really want to see it.
Yet, there is something that I cannot shake. I do have a beef with the movie. I do have an issue to take up with some folks. There are certain things that I do not want my daughter thinking is acceptable no matter how cute and innocent the overall production may be. What is my issue? Take a look at the lyrics of “Let It Go,” the movie’s hit song. One part in particular immediately caught my attention and raised a red flag:
“It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I'm free!”
The song itself has been called “musical crack” and an “addiction.” “The song sends kids into altered states. . . . Eventually, they’re belting it out with an abandon that borders on hysteria” (Yvonne Abraham of the Boston Globe). Now, that sounds frightening, but it is only a problem if the lyrics are faulty. However, my evaluation is that the lyrics are faulty and dangerous, at least the part that I have quoted above. I do not want my daughter to think that she can “test the limits.” That is not okay. I do not want her to think that there is “no right, no wrong, [and] no rules.” That is poisonous. What happens when all the laughing, smiling, and singing of lyrics like that become reality? Now, I know that some parents will say, Oh, it’s not a big deal. They don’t know exactly what they’re singing. They don’t really believe what the lyrics say. Oh, really? And you know this how? And, by the way, this is just a small issue that is part of an overwhelmingly large issue in our culture. If we give in on small issues, it will only be a matter of time before the snow-ball effect has caused tremendous damage that cannot be reversed.
I am not being a weirdo, nutcase, looney conservative. It is a documented fact from multiple sources that public schools, universities, and media of all sorts are on a mission to do away with Christian values. While Christianity grows in Africa and China, it is in decline in the West. And morals are only part of the issue. There is a philosophical transition that is taking place amongst our population. People are honestly moving into an ideology that sees no right, no wrong, and no rules. In fact, what used to be wrong is now right, and what used to be right is now wrong. Tolerance is no longer tolerance. Truth is no longer truth. There is no standard. There is no certainty.
If you do not protect your kids, no one will. If you do not teach truth to your kids, no one will. I am not necessarily advocating that Christian people should devote all of their time, resources, and energy to battling this issue politically. What I am advocating is that Christian parents and grandparents teach their kids right from wrong; that they share the Scriptures with them; and that they explain the Gospel to them. It is okay to be different. You are called to be different–holy, special, unique, set apart for the things of Christ. You no longer operate in the old system in which everyone else is still enslaved. You have been transferred into a new system. You are operating in the new creation. You are walking in the Spirit of God. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and He will take care of you and your family.