No Rules for Me?


The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.
Couldn’t keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.
Well, now they know!

Let it go, let it go!
Can’t hold it back any more.
Let it go, let it go!
Turn away and slam the door.
I don’t care what they’re going to say.
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway.

It’s funny how some distance,
makes everything seem small.
And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do,
to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
I’m free!

Thousands of little girls across the country are singing this song – a manifesto of sorts, a call to cast off restraint, rebel against unrealistic expectations and instead be true to whatever you feel most deeply inside. What’s ironic is that the movie’s storyline goes against the message of this song. When the princess decides to “let it go,” she brings terrible evil into the world. The fallout from her actions is devastating. “No right, no wrong, no rules for me” is the sin that isolates the princess and freezes her kingdom.

It’s only after sacrificial love saves her from the effects of the curse that the princess is free to redirect her passion and power – not in “turning away” and “slamming the door” and expressing herself – but in channeling her powers for the good of her people.

If there is a moral to Frozen, it’s that “letting it go” is self-centered and damaging. What’s needed is for our distinctive gifts to be stewarded and shaped by redemptive love.

Perhaps that’s why I’m flummoxed by the popularity of “Let It Go” (the song). Not from an artistic standpoint; it’s a gem. But I’m afraid its popularity drowns out the bigger and more beautiful point of the film.

Rebellion vs. Rule-keeping

Colossians 2:18-23 addresses the futility of ascetism. The absence of bad habits will only lead to rebellion. The voud must be filled with Christ in order to truly  overcome sin.
Christians are to deny self (Luke 9:23), but asceticism takes this command to an extreme. The Bible never suggests that a Christian should purposely seek out discomfort or pain. On the contrary, God has richly blessed us “with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17). The Bible warns of those who “forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods” (1 Timothy 4:3); thus, it is erroneous to believe that celibates who abstain from certain foods are “more holy” than others.
Psychology Today ran an article on addiction counseling demonstrating the importance of community and connections to overcone addiction.

Most effective addiction treatment entails either self-help, peer support, or both, and these are hard to come by in office practice. To address this strategic deficit, I have developed an approach that engages the support of a small group, some family, some friends, to meet with a substance abuser and therapist at regular intervals to secure abstinence and help with the development of a drug-free life. The evolution of this new approach did not come easily, but through careful attempts to manage many patients over the course of their rehabilitation.

I call it network therapy. Family and peers become part of the therapist’s working team, not subjects of treatment themselves. Such an approach is warranted by the unique characteristics of the substance dependence syndrome. Social supports are necessary for overcoming the denial and relapse that are so compromising to effective care for the substance abuser

We cant say, “no rules for me”. That anarchy leads to destruction. Even atheists who deny the moral law Giver admit that some standard of morality must exist for the species to survive. Christians are blessed to know that morals are real, objective, and absolute because Gid exists. The same God wants us to understand that living in sin is foolish and destructive. Paul describes the life if sin as a life of foolishness.

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Notice the words used to describe the sinners mind and thinking, “futility…darkened…alienated from life…ignorance…hardness of heart…callous.”  That foolish thinkijg led to destructive living. They “gave themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.” 
This is exactly what Paul said in Romans 1:21-32.
The way you live will be decided by the way you think (Psalm 1).   Think about how valuable education is. Think about how beneficial training is. Think about the blessings of experience. Live wisely.

Overcoming sin will not be done by restricting behavior alone, our lives must be filled with Jesus. I saw a “Fifty Shades of Gray” display at our local Wal-Mart that had been restocked with Bibles


I dont know who did it, but its a good start. So, lets put that old life away and live a life of a Christian. Notice how much better God’s plan in Ephesians 4:20-32 looks when contrasted with the futility of sin. Which life would you choose?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

The song Let it Go may appear to be tue theme of the movie Frozen, but in reality there is a much greater lesson in the film–sacrificial love. At the end of this, and other Disney movies, it is true loves kiss that saves the day. 
The love of Christ saves every day for us. When we replace the old foolishness of sin with the love and wisdom of Christianity, we will enjoy tru abundant living.

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