Do you know that there are a lot of spiritual lessons Christians can learn from The Lion King movie? You probably have not noticed them unless I tell you. Want to know these lessons? Read on to learn more!
The Circle of Life.
Mufasa. Simba. Scar.
Upon mentioning any of these phrases or words, I’m sure the first thing that comes into your mind is the movie, The Lion King.
Last week we got a chance to watch the live remake of this popular movie.
Perhaps, you have watched it too. As we were watching the movie, I realized The Lion King isn’t just for kids, but there are also for adults.
There are a lot of lessons that you can get from The Lion King movie. There are analogies that we can use to better understand our Christian calling and how Satan tries to destroy us.
For those who haven’t watched the movie, I recommend that you do. It’s not a perfect movie, nevertheless, it’s a good one.
The Lion King in five sentences
For the benefit of those who haven’t watched the movie, let me give you a quick summary.
The movie is about a lion king whose name is Mufasa. He has an evil brother whose name is Taka, but better known as Scar.
Mufasa has a son named Simba, who is next to the throne. Scar managed to kill Mufasa and banished Simba. As a result, Scar became the evil King who almost ruined their kingdom until Simba came back and claimed the throne.
Scar, the archetype of Satan
One of the most striking aspects of the movie is the evilness of Scar.
Scar led a failed coup against Mufasa. However, his rebellion was crushed and he only had his scar on his left eye as a reminder of his failure.
Isn’t it interesting to note, like Scar, Satan also rebelled against the Most High?
Revelation 12:7-9 tells us:
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Satan, who foolishly thought that he can defeat, God, was cast out to the earth.
But did you learn his lesson?
No, instead, he persistently looked for other ways to conquer heaven and destroy God’s creation.
He knows that he will be destroyed in the future, so he wants to get as many angels and human beings with him. Because he can’t defeat God, he now directed his fury and anger toward His children.
Isn’t this what Scar also did? Instead of focusing on destroying Mufasa, he directed his attention Simba.
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The deadly strategy Satan uses to destroy us
Satan’s strategy does not always involve brute power and strength. In most cases, it is his seemingly harmless whispers that destroy us. He does not use his supernatural power, instead, he uses his craftiness.
It is not his bite or strike that kills, but his words.Tweet
He uses lies and deceitfulness.
In fact, he is called the father of lies.
In John 8:44, we read:
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
He tricks us with lies. He repeats lies over and over again until we believe that it is the truth. He twists the word of God and corrupts it. He calls evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).
Pride, sacrifice, and death
The young Simba, upon knowing that he will be king someday, was filled with pride. Scar used that to lure him in the Elephant graveyard, where the hyenas are waiting to kill him.
Aren’t we like that? How many times have we got into trouble because of our pride? We thought that we are too smart to be taught. We do our best to grab power. We refuse to say sorry because you thought you are right.
Thankfully, Scar was not successful during his first attempt to kill Simba. But Scar does not give up that easy. He is persistent and it is his life goal to destroy the rightful heir of Mufasa’s kingdom.
So, he planned another clever plan. He brought Simba in a gorge, incited a wildebeest stampede, and put Simba’s life in danger. Mufasa came to the rescue. Simba was saved, but as Mufasa climbed up from the gorge, Scar struck Mufasa sending him down the stampeding wildebeest and died.
Mufasa gave up his life in order to save Simba. I can’t help but use this analogy to portray how Yahshua (Jesus Christ) also sacrificed His life for us to be saved. He took our place in the gorge and died in behalf.
The deadly whispers of Satan
Now, here’s where the problem continues. After Simba was saved, Scar didn’t stop there. He fed Simba with soul-crushing lies.
As Simba was mourning the death of his father, Scar, who just murdered his brother, came to Simba as if nothing happens.
Scar said: what have you done?
Simba tried to explain what happened.
Scar, with a poker face, responded:
No one wants this to happen. But the king is dead. And if it weren’t for you, he’d still be alive. Oh! What will your mother think?
Simba was crushed with regret and overwhelming guilt. He asked his uncle whom he thought who has his best interest in mind:
What am I gonna do?
In which Scar timidly responded: Run away, Simba. Run… Run away and never return.
The Bible tells us that Satan is the great accuser of the brethren. We read that in Revelation 12:10.
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
The same thing that Scar did here in Simba. He accused Simba of the sins that he himself did. He passed on the blame to Simba.
Have you also heard the voice of Satan? He stands near us ready to magnify every failure, condemn, and shame us.
Every time you fail, you might have heard him saying:
Oh, there you go again. You’ve made a mistake. You’ve committed another sin. How can you call yourself a child of God? You’re not worthy. You’re nothing. No matter what you do, you are no good. You can never be God’s child. So, run away and never return.
Sadly, a lot of Christians have heeded the words of Satan’s accusation and condemnation. And don’t be too proud and complacent as well for us who are still in the church. Satan is always there. Trying his best to destroy us.
A lot of us have given in to the temptation. But instead of running away from God, we must run towards Him. Instead of self-pity and worldly sorrow, we must repent of our sins and live a renewed life.
The good and bad of Hakuna Matata
However, what happened to Simba? He heeded Scar’s words. He ran away to the wilderness. Instead of living like a majestic king, Simba now lives like a pig and meerkat, slurping worms and singing “Hakuna Matata.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Hakuna Matata, a principle of living a life with no worries is a great idea. The Bible even tells us not to worry.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on” (Matthew 6:25).
However, Pumba and Timon brought this principle to the extreme.
Instead of living a productive and responsible life, they were satisfied with living a carelessly. All they do is simply sleep, have fun, eat, and sleep.
That’s not how you live your life.
You need to go out of your comfort zone, accept responsibility, and try to be a blessing to others.
Remember, you don’t just live for yourself. You also need to live for others.
If you’re going to live a life with Hakuna Matata principle, it should be done by surrendering all your worries to God while you are doing your best in life.
You don’t have to run the Christian race
Sadly, at this point, Simba forgot who he really was. He forgot that he is the son of the King. Upon remembrance, he even denies it. It took Nala, his childhood best friend, and Rafiki, the baboon, to remind him who he really is.
Sometimes, that’s the same thing with us. We need the support of others in this Christian race. Nobody says that you have to go at it alone.
You have the brethren who will support you.
You have the Church who will nurture you.
You have your spiritual family who will care for you.
Thankfully, Simba remembered who he is and accepted that identity. He came back to His father’s kingdom, defeated Scar, and restore the glorious past of Pride Rock.
We, too, can live a victorious.
What we need to do is to recognize our spiritual enemy’s deadly tactics.
Let us not believe his lies. Let us not give in to his temptation. Yahshua has already purchased us with His precious blood.
He died for us.
We don’t belong to Satan anymore.
We belong to God.
May we not forget who we are.
Let us stop living a life away from God. No matter what sins you have committed, you can always turn your life around, ask for forgiveness, and live a changed life.
You are destined to be a king, a ruler, a priest in God’s kingdom.
Your past is greater than in your future.
Don’t let anyone or anything take away your crown.
When we do all these things brethren, we become the children of Yahweh and will receive the reward of eternal life.