Posted by: cmittermeier | December 15, 2010

Voyage of the Dawntreader

We do not often go to the big screen, but a few times a year we’ll make it out.  Our boys love the Narnia books, and as they had read Voyage of the Dawntreader they got to go.  It was dicey as a parent, our youngest is only 6 and we knew there was a battle with a sea monster… reading it in a book with your imagination is a bit different from Hollywood special effects.  There would be no keeping him from it, so we talked with him a lot before hand.  He did ask me once, near the beginning of the sea serpent battle, to cover his ears and eyes.  It was only for a bit as he is more fascinated by this kind of stuff than scared by it.  There is something about boys that seeks out a “good-ol-fashioned-monster”.

You will be asking yourself why am I talking about the movie?  Because Narnia isn’t just a good story, it is Christian teaching and Voyage of the Dawntreader was about the 7 deadly sins.  The movie was 2 hours and they had to condense a lot to fit it into that time, but it did hit many of them.  Greed.  Slothfulness. Vanity.  Battling against your Temptations.  Now you see the connection.

Our faith has lost a lot of the 7 Deadly Sin focus that it had for our grandparents.  Back in their day, slothfulness was not just deadly to your soul but often to a family.  If you didn’t do your work, someone was without food.  Gluttony also fell into that – with little food to go around from the early 30’s to the late 40’s, if you took more than your fair share it was at the expense of another.  Not being able to resist your desire for sex – again – boom now had another mouth to feed.  Vanity over necessity when making clothes?  Greed over sharing your crop of beets with the neighbour?  In our world of plenty, we no longer have the clear reminders that these are sins that lead to spiritual death.

And so here I sit, battling my own gluttony.  My own greed to have what I want (cookies and ice cream), not what I need (veggies and fruits).  The movie had one scene that I will focus on with my boys: Lucy was trapped in her own vanity to the point where she almost wished herself out of existence.  When it looked worst, Aslan saved her.  When she was past the point of helping herself but was also realizing she needed to turn back and away, Aslan was there.  Aslan is God by the way.  Read the books in order and you get to see all parts of the Trinity represented.  So as I battle I will remember… God is here, God hears.

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