Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Disney Gets it Right

Over the summer I watched the new Disney Lion King: the CGI remake of the original cartoon. In a way I only partly enjoyed it, because some of those great one-liners I remember from the original had been replaced (to my dismay) with new dialogue.

Yet in the new script was one key line where the script-writers get it right. Scar is being taken to task for his despot approach to kingship, and is told:

Being king is not about what you can take, but about what you can give.

This chimes so well with the Christian poem in Philippians 2, describing Jesus not hanging onto his position but giving it up, lowering himself for humankind, indeed the whole of creation. He lives a 'given life', giving himself for the benefit of all around.

That one liner in Disney's Lion King captures the concept, and shows what true kingship and leadership is about. Thank you Disney script-writers!

Too bad many of our national top politicians don't seem to get this concept - pray for them!

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