So with two little boys in our house, a new Pixar movie coming out has turned into a pretty big deal. They are just getting old enough that they can actually go to a movie and sit there. Aiden does better than Eli, but Eli still holds his own. So when Toy Story 3 came out a few weeks ago, we decided we were gonna take the whole family. Having gift cards helps too.
Spoiler alert! Stop reading if you haven’t seen it yet! One of my favorite parts in the entire movie is at the end of the movie, all the toys are about to die and get burned up in an incinerator. They are all holding hands, about to go down in flames together. It was actually pretty emotional seeing Woody about to meet his maker, but then out of nowhere all of a sudden the aliens, who have been with us since the first edition of Toy Story, come to the rescue! They control a huge claw that comes and snatches them out and keeps them from burning in the fire. Now if that is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I don’t know what is!
On the way home we leveraged this moment for Aiden (Eli is not quite old enough yet) and helped make the connection in his mind that the big claw that rescued them out of the fire is exactly what Jesus did for us. We were on our way to hell, and Jesus came and snatched us away and saved us. It was an incredible moment to share the gospel with my boys. If you think my four year old is too young to learn about hell, than I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree.
But what an amazing softball Pixar laid out for us parents. If you go to that movie with your kids, and I think you should, if not for that scene alone, it is an amazing moment to share the gospel with your children.