Summary: This is the third in the Fairy Tale Dreams series and states that we as Christians have to become more like God.
FAIRY TALE DREAMS:
One of my son Michael’s favorite shows when he was younger came as an overnight success here in the U.S. This particular show was already a hit in Japan. But in a country where children’s television is dominated by puppets and cartoons the show’s producers were not so sure that the show would even survive its first season.
Survive it did. In fact the show seemed to thrive. Children across the country piled onto couches, flung themselves into beanbags, and flopped onto the floor every time it was on. It wasn’t that this was a great show by any means. In fact, most adults that sat down to watch it with their children were appalled by the bad acting and poor scripts.
What drew most children to it though was an idea. The characters were normal teenagers most of the time but when trouble began they were able to save the universe. These teens had special abilities that would allow them to turn into something other than what they really were. When they did there was almost always the same words in every episode. “It’s morphing time.”
Yes. In case you haven’t already guessed the show I’m talking about is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And I can already see the questions starting. Some of you are wondering what in the world the Power Rangers have to do with fairy tales and gaining the life you’ve always wanted.
It was Fredrick Buechner that said every generation has its own fairy tales. For my generation those fairy tales came in the form of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Narnian Chronicles, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The tales often reflect something of the society in which we live. It has become my opinion that if Buechner is correct then The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Pokemon, Sponge Bob, Harry Potter, and Dora the Explorer reach into this new generation. The stories that are seen and heard will affect the way a person thinks, feels, and acts about the world.
So we’re going to continue with this series this morning by really talking about our need to be changed. In order for you and I to find that life that we desire we have to be different than we are right now. In order for us to achieve that fairy tale life we’ve been discussing over the last few weeks we have to be changed. We have to morph into something.
If you’ll take a moment to recall what we’ve already talked about in the previous two weeks you’ll remember that we discussed how most people would like to have a happy and contented life that we think only exists in fairy tales. And we said in the first week that there is only one way to begin this fairy tale lifestyle. That’s by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You and I can only do that by asking for forgiveness and inviting Jesus into out lives. Then we said that this life would include a journey. That there would be an adventure. We talked about how every single one of us has been called into that adventure.
Now I can already see the questions all over the room of people wondering what being changed has to do with adventure and relationships and heaven and fairy tales. Well I’ll tell you. There are hundreds, if not thousands of fairy tales out there that deal with transformation.