It was a small miracle – my wife and I watched an entire movie the other day without having to plug our ears or avert our eyes once! And… you guessed it. We were, of course, watching a cartoon.
The movie was The Croods, which recently became available on Netflix. Finding a clean movie was a breath of fresh air in and of itself, but I was also impressed with the strong moral foundation which served as the bedrock of this animated film.
The Croods could easily be used to illustrate a couple of strong biblical principles, and I walked away thinking that many churches today could use a healthy dose of “Crood” Christianity.
Here’s what I mean:
Putting Youth to Good Use
After hiding away in a cave for most of their lives, the Crood Family cross paths with an innovative teen named Guy. He’s modern, confident, and uses cutting-edge technology to handle problems. Though he challenges their way of thinking, he ends up getting them out of some pretty tight spots!
Paul understood the value of getting young Christians involved in the work of the church, and told Timothy, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (I Timothy 4:12).
Young people are passionate, strong, and full of energy. Instead of fearing their technology and new ideas, we should welcome them!
Honoring the Aged
Modern technology doesn’t always save the day, however. The Croods face a few critical moments where nothing is able to save them but the wisdom, experience, and brute strength of their father, Grug.
The church needs the “breath of fresh air” young people can bring, but this does not mean that older generations should be ignored. God gives His people a strict command concerning this in Leviticus 19:32: “You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.”
Older Christians have decades of experience, wisdom, and hard-earned lessons to offer the church. Instead of kicking them to the curb, we need to listen to their counsel!
One Big, Happy Family
Satan has won a great victory in many modern churches. He has used differing worship trends, technological preferences, and learning styles to drive a wedge between the older and younger generations. For a Christian family to thrive, however, the Bible makes it clear that we all need one another.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, explained that people of all ages have something important to bring to the table: “The glory of young men is their strength, and the honor of old men is their gray hair” – Proverbs 20:29.
The Psalmist recognized the beauty of appreciating one another: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” – Psalm 133:1.
And just moments before being led to His death, Jesus Christ prayed this for the church that would remain: “That they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” – John 17:21.
We need to worship as a united family of God, celebrating one another’s strengths and helping one another in our areas of weakness.
What we need, friends, is good ol’ fashioned “Crood” Christianity!