Date: August 31, 2014
Preacher: Rev. Ryan T. Krauss
Scripture: John 13:31-35, 15:12-17
Description: Disney offers a marvelous treatise of practical advice. When hungry in an abandoned building, make good with the silverware; when confronted with a scheming lion of an uncle, do not trust him. The company, however, offers less sound advice in the realms of love and affection. Some films suggest that the ‘fast track’ to finding true love lies in falling asleep and waiting for love to find us (cf. Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White). Thankfully, Frozen offers a more tempered and tactful approach to love that–to me–is much more in line with Scripture.
In a brilliant scene, the snowman Olaf addresses his friend Anna on the nature of true love. She, of course, must find an act of true love to prevent her heart from freezing forever. She confesses to not knowing what true love is. Olaf offers this concise and Biblical definition: “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.” Done! Sermon preached. As Jesus taught his own disciples: “No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13, CEV). Love is not a commodity to search for outside of ourselves. Love begins inside as a reflection of Jesus’ sacrificial love given to all of us.