Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I've Got No Strings

The classic and familiar Walt Disney film Pinocchio, is based on a tale written by Carlo Lorenzini, better known by the pen name Carlo Collodi, who was an Italian children's writer. He is most associated with his world-renowned fairy tale novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio, about a wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy.

In this iconic story, a puppet comes to life and dreams of becoming, in essence, free. Bound by strings and a puppeteer's hand, he can only do what other's tell him to do. Many words have been penned to highlight all the morals of this story as well as countless analogies to Christianity, so I'll forgo those discussions here.

I am simply captivated afresh by the boy's newfound freedom towards the end of the story. The Walt Disney production does a fantastic job of portraying his sheer delight at his freedom, and the audience's delight at his human-ness. Rather than finding fault with his clumsiness and weakness, they joyfully receive him. It's almost as if they are one with him now, acknowledging their own clumsiness. It seems that instead of laughing at him, they are laughing with him. 

That's what true freedom does. With liberty comes the freedom to be who we really are, in all of our human weakness. 

The bonus? It allows other people to be who they are in all of their human weakness. Liberty is infectious. 

This is the gospel - no strings attached. It comes to us with no conditions and no manipulation. No longer controlled by the law we were once tied to, the gospel frees our bound hearts. In Christ, we can be freely us. Human. Free to admit weakness and clumsiness and to be loved and accepted. 

Having been set free we can now declare; I had strings but now I'm free, there are no strings on me!

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