It was mostly good stuff from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler tonight1 — about Christian engagement with culture, flawed reactions, and especially superficial views of culture.
Then Mohler broached the name and topic of the Disney film Frozen.
Christian fans may say, “Yay! it’s a Christian story.”2 But the film can’t match the original Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, the SBC leader said. After all, in the original Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, the two children are saved by reciting The Lord’s Prayer.
Of course the Disney version changed this part of the story, Mohler continued.
So it’s not a Christian story, it’s a “pagan” one, he said.
This is fine if we understand “pagan” to mean simply a non-Christian Thing that can still reflect God’s common grace — which in Frozen‘s case includes artistic excellence, human-spirit recognizing comedy, catchy songs, and a theme of self-sacrifice.
But that’s not how Mohler’s listeners would understand the term. Nor did this gentler, common grace-based definition match Mohler’s chilly dismissal.