The “Safe For The Whole Family” Lie

June 4, 2012 — 4 Comments

Recently driving I heard the radio tagline for a Christian station that said “Safe for the whole family.” Sounds nice, eh? Seems reassuring, right? It’s as if Walt Disney was speaking directly to me and it felt really soft like a cashmere sweater in the fall. I am a marketer so I can appreciate someone trying to create “emotion” and “security” to bring me in and feel good about my choice. In this case, I was listening to a radio station.

I am quite cognizant of what I expose my girls to when it comes to culture, especially music. What parent doesn’t want his or her children to be safe and live as pure of a life as possible? On earth we are realists too and recognize there is only so much we can control when it comes to exposure. The moments our children step away from us, the more the world becomes their experience, not our experience. But they watch my wife and I carefully.

I live in a suburban area full of safe activities but most of it is about staying in a box. This box is full of safe things to do. Drive a safe car. Secure the right job. Protect your kids at school. Do your homework. Check off the list as it goes on and on. I think Satan ultimately wants us as Christians to stay in this safety box. I fall for it constantly and think that this is purely the good life and what is wrong with that?

Life can easily become a “safety dance” because we love to justify our security and dance around what is behind it.

God wants something different from us.

He wants to unleash us in a way that he unleashed his son for us. 

John 14:6 Jesus made it pretty clear about the path. And it ain’t easy.

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

If we are truly going to take this call seriously we must step out of this box, dance differently and do work that takes us into the wild. I’m learning that it doesn’t mean you have to quit doing all of those things I mention above. They are good things and I believe God blesses them as long as we don’t worship them and hide behind them.

My modern-day fictional suburban hero, Lloyd Dobler, said in the movie Say Anything,

I’m looking for a dare to be great situation.

Let’s take Lloyd Dobler’s advice. Let’s get dangerous and seek God’s greatness. Let’s seek greatness in the way Jesus truly calls us.

May you have the passion and bravado of Ernest Hemingway and the faith and sensibility of C.S. Lewis in your journey to dance freely.

 

What dreams are you holding back on because it feels risky or perhaps dangerous? 

4 responses to The “Safe For The Whole Family” Lie

  1. 

    Thanks for that. I think of The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. When talking about Aslan, Mr. Beaver says ‘ of course he’s not safe, but he’s good’. Sometimes to be good requires a risk and we have to step out of our safe box.

  2. 

    Great post Dave. I’ve felt the same way as I hear that moniker and wonder if I really want my children to grow up feeling that their faith makes them “safe”. I much prefer Erwin McManus’ viewpoint from the “Barbarian Way” where we get away from the idea of being domesticated and connect with the wildness of God. When you mentioned Disney above, it made me think of one of Erwin’s video clips. Check out this video (https://vimeo.com/15173180) and go to the time code in the video: 11:05 – 12:15

    Thanks again for your blog….lots of great thoughts coming out of you these days!

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