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!