Do you remember the thrill of being a child, waking up on Easter morning, and running to find the treats the Easter bunny (or your parents) put out for you? Colored eggs. Chocolate bunnies. A stuffed animal. Peeps. More chocolate. More eggs.
My kids enjoyed hunting for Easter eggs so much, we would take turns hiding empty plastic eggs around the house for days just for the fun of searching for them.
Of course, the hunt for hidden things doesn’t have to be limited to Easter. Some people have a knack for seeing things that other people miss. But if you know what to look for, you can be on the lookout for hidden Easter eggs all year long.
“Easter egg” has a unique meaning when applied to movies, TV shows, video games, and comic books. It’s a feature that isn’t necessary to the story but is added as a little something extra for people paying attention. It can be an inside joke, a disguised reference to another movie or game, or a hidden message.
Some examples include the Pizza Planet truck hidden in many Pixar films, the cameo appearances of Stan Lee in Marvel movies, and the hundreds of pop references in “The Gilmore Girls.”
Some movies are full of Easter eggs, like Ready Player One (2018), based on a book by the same name. It has references to older films like Back To The Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, The Shining, Buckaroo Bonzai, and The Iron Giant, along with numerous video and arcade games popular before the turn of the century. The movie even references the first Easter egg ever hidden in a video game.
Adventure was released by Atari in 1980. In Ready Player One you find out this important information:
I got chills the first time I saw Ready Player One and heard that line. The biggest Easter egg in the movie was right there in that line of dialogue, even if the writers didn’t intend it to be that way.
You see, like video games and movies, we also have a Creator, and his handiwork is all around us. We can find it in the stars, in the first flowers of spring, in the laugh of a child, in music, in light, in the love we share for one another.
God’s Easter eggs are hidden everywhere. We just have to look for them. They remind us that he is with us, that he loves us, and that he has a purpose for the beautiful world he created.
Go ahead and look. What do you see?
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Last week, Disney’s latest animated movie, Raya and the Last Dragon, opened in theaters and on the streaming service Disney+. The first scene of the movie reveals a land where things have gone wrong. The narrator—Raya—describes it as “a dystopian world; a land that’s gone to waste.” “How did this world get so broken?” she asks.
Two short tales answer the question—one from 500 years before when the last of the dragons created a gem to stop a terrible plague called the Druun, and one from 6 years earlier when the gem was broken and the Druun returned. (I would love to analyze what the writers intended to represent by the monstrous Druun that turn people to stone—all posed in an upright attitude with their empty hands held together as if cupping water—but that is not the focus of this post. Sorry.)
Throughout the movie, Raya returns to the question of how her world got so broken. Her new dragon friend, Sisu, offers her own opinion, and the climax of the story supports her idea. But I won’t get into spoilers here. If you want to know what went wrong in Raya’s Kumandra, you’ll have to watch the movie.
For me, the greater question is what went wrong in our world?
How did our world get so broken?
Most major religions offer some answer to that question along with various ideas on how to fix our broken world—or at least how to fix our own personal brokenness. Ideologies offer opinions on how to fix the brokenness in societies and economies. Doctors offer therapies to fix the brokenness in our mental health and relationships. Scientists set forth strategies to fix our broken environment.
We have all these ideas at our fingertips, and yet so much of our world still seems hopelessly broken.
Perhaps the most comprehensive answer to the question of our brokenness can be found in Christianity. Yet even Christians disagree about what exactly the problem is and how it can be remedied.
In my new book on Christian worldviews, I lay out five general opinions Christians have about the world we live in and how it can (or can’t) be fixed:
Which view do you agree with?
How we view our world shapes how we see ourselves and our role in the world. It affects how we treat others, what we hope for, and how far we’ll go to fix what we believe is broken. It’s part of the bigger worldview each of us has, whether we recognize it or not.
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 These five views are my synopsis of the five Christian “types” identified in Christ and Culture, by H. Richard Niebuhr, originally published in 1951.
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Stories are a metaphor for life. That's a deep way of saying we can learn life lessons from stories we read or watch on stage or on big or small screens. When viewed through a Christian worldview, even secular films and books can tell us something about our Christian walk. Here you will find a collection of blog posts with lessons I have learned from stories. I hope you enjoy them!