In THE LION KING, Simba lets his guilt and shame stop him from doing what his father taught him to do. He changes his mind, however, when he remembers who his father is. Join us as we discuss these Christian themes and so much more on this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast.
For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:
- 00:00:00 – Introduction and Previous Episode Recap
- 00:02:48 – Movie Discussion
- 00:21:48 – Christian Themes in THE LION KING
- 00:50:24 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
- 00:55:29 – Well-mannered Frivolity
- 01:02:15 – Lightning Round
- 01:04:17 – Upcoming
Simba’s Guilt and Shame
Simba has run away from Pride Rock. Because of Scar’s deceitful scheming, he honestly believes that he is responsible for his father Mufasa’s death. Unable to bear that cross, he escapes into the wilderness. There, he meets Timon and Pumbaa and embraces their mantra of hakuna matata. It translates into “no worries for the rest of their days,” but it really means to stop taking responsibility for one’s own actions and to furthermore stop from taking on any responsibilities at all. As Timon says, “When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world,” and that’s exactly what Simba does to assuage his guilt and shame.
Remembering and Obeying the Father
Even as Nala comes back with a report of what Scar has done, Simba is too far gone into the hakuna matata mindset that he simply doesn’t care about his home. It takes a shamanistic baboon called Rafiki and a supernatural visitation from Mufasa himself to make Simba remember who he is and who his father is. After this experience, Simba is restored to his noble self and takes responsibility for his home. He tosses aside the hakuna matata as rushes to Pride Rock to save his family from Scar and the hyenas.
Key Texts for The Lion King
Let these passages be your guide as you sit on your double-decker couch and share the Gospel with friends and loved ones.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 NLT)
Just as Simba was no longer condemned by his guilt and shame, so are we no longer condemned by our past. Technically, Simba was not responsible for his father’s death, which is where we as the audience differ from him. We do indeed have our own sins that separate us from God. Where we are similar, though, is that we, like Simba, can let the guilt and shame of those sins stop us from doing the right thing.
We, like Simba, can even let it stop us for so long that we begin to forget who we are and Whose we are. But when we remember our heavenly Father and what He did for us, we can be confident in that there no longer any condemnation to hold us back from doing what He told us to do.
But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. (2 Timothy 3:14 NLT)
Once Simba remembered who his father is and is no longer paralyzed by guilt and shame, he realized that he still had a responsibility to obey his father. Likewise, we, too, must take up the responsibilities that God the Father has given us when are freed from the guilt, shame, and condemnation that once held us back.
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