Frozen mania is STILL running wild ever since the Disney 3-D animated tale hit theaters in November 2013. Although the film doesn’t explicitly express Christian beliefs, there are many lessons to be learned from the adventures of Arendelle’s citizens. And all of them can be backed up by scripture! These Christian principles can benefit any Frozen fan. Let’s take a look at 10 of these lessons.
1. Some forces are more powerful than ourselves. In the opening song of the film, “Frozen Heart,” the group of ice harvesters declare that ice is “stronger than one, stronger than a hundred men.” It’s clear that they respect their profession, and that ice is a mysterious force to them. They know that the natural world comes from a greater source. At the same time, a young Anna marvels at the Northern Lights, exclaiming, “The sky’s awake!”
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1, NIV)
2. Love is patient. Children are some of the most persistent and resilient people, and little Anna was no exception. No matter how many times her sister rejected her, Anna kept knocking at Elsa’s door. When Elsa finally talked to her sister at the coronation, Anna was ecstatic to talk with her.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2, NIV)
3. Forgiveness heals. Anna was willing to forgive her sister over and over again. Elsa was willing to forgive herself for causing the city and her sister pain. And Elsa forgave Anna for all misunderstanding. Looking at the sisters’ renewed relationship, we can also assume that they both forgave their parents for keeping them in isolation.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22, NIV)
4. Everyone is a bit of a fixer-upper. The trolls got this one right. So maybe you don’t have a clumpy walk or pear-shaped feet. We all have differences and flaws, but “we need each other to raise us up and round us out.” Everyone brings unique gifts and talents to the table in order to complement one another.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4-5, NIV)
5. People were not meant to live in isolation. Elsa thought that her isolation protected her subjects and family (Anna) from being hurt. However, Anna was hurt more when Elsa shunned her. Eventually, Elsa learned that she could count on her sister. The Lord intended for us to stick by each other during joys and hardships.
By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. (Ecclesiastes 4:12, MSG)
6. Freedom is not the absence of rules. Elsa thought that letting all her power out would feel liberating. And it did, for a little while. As she climbs the north mountain, she sings, “No right, no wrong, no rules for me: I’m free!” Soon she realizes that true freedom lies in celebrating the truth. She only found peace when she returned to her position as queen, this time with her family and friends to support her.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32, NIV)
7. Love forsakes worldly desires. Kristoff brought Anna back to the palace and left her forever, even though he wanted to stay with her. They both believed that a kiss from Hans, Anna’s betrothed, would prevent her heart from freezing. He sacrificed remaining with the girl he loved in order to save her life.
Love never thinks of itself. (1 Corinthians 13:5, NLV)
8. The least likely people can be wise. Despite being the comic relief of the movie, Olaf, the talking snowman, turned out to be quite wise in the end. He told Anna the definition of love with the same terms as your pastor might use: “Love is putting someone else’s needs before your own.” We should always keep an open mind and remember that a young or silly person can possess great insight.
I thought, “Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.” But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent. (Job 32:7-8, NLT)
9. Evil never wins. Hans’ ulterior motives for wanting to marry Anna were found out, and he had to pay for his actions. In the real world, criminals and evil people don’t always get put to justice. But we know that God is just and that he will act accordingly in the end.
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8, ESV)
10. The ultimate act of love is a sacrificial death. In the end, Anna had a choice between saving her own life and giving her life for Elsa. Anna chose to save her sister, just as Jesus Christ died to save his beloved children, us.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13, NIV)
What about you, PI Girls? Have you noticed any other Christian principles in Frozen?