There is a meme circulating on Facebook right now regarding the “Disney Princess Theology.”
It refers to “White Christianity.” It accuses “White Christians” of having a “bad case of Disney Princess Theology.” The accusation is that when these “White Christians” read their Bibles, they always see themselves in the heroes of the story and never in the protagonists.
I’m not going to pretend that there are not some out there that in fact read their Bibles in a self-serving manner. There are many who have twisted the scriptures and used the Bible to justify all manners of hatred and evil.
The problem though with this post is that it totally discounts the Gospel. No one is supposed to remain “Saul” after seeing the light. They are to become a new creation. All the old is supposed to pass away. God even went so far as to change “Saul’s” name to “Paul.” Why? Because God wanted to clearly identify the complete work the Gospel had done in his life. The old Saul was crucified and buried with Christ. The new Paul was resurrected with the same Spirit and Power that raised Christ from the dead. He was no longer the protagonist in the story. He had become the hero. And not a hero in a self-serving sort of way. We learn that Paul is so transformed by the cross that he willingly gives up his own right and ultimately his life for a message that was once his life’s work to destroy.
The Gospel never intends for a child of God to stay a Haman or a Judas. Yes, before the cross we all played that role. We all were unrighteous before a holy God. All were born into sin. All had fallen short of God’s glorious standard of perfection. But the story doesn’t end there. Even Paul’s letter to the Romans doesn’t end there. Read Romans – the whole book as if it were one letter (as it was!) Don’t stop in Romans 7 and claim your identity as eternally frustrated – always failing to do what is right and perpetually falling into sin. Remember Romans 6! Remember Romans 8! And don’t gloss over the answer Paul gives at the end of Romans 7! Thank God! The answer is in Christ Jesus our Lord! He is the one who can save us from this wretched, miserable existence. And when He does, we can say with Paul, “there is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION!”
If you read the Bible and always see yourself in Haman and Judas, then do yourself a favor – come to the cross. The Good News is that Jesus offers you His life in exchange for the death of your old self. Haman, Judas, and Saul all die with Christ on the cross, and a brand new creation is resurrected to new life. This is the Good News! This is the great exchange! Christ took your punishment and offers you His reward.
Don’t let anyone despise you for this. After all, you can’t take credit for it. He did all the work. At the same time, do not allow anyone the opportunity to do injustice to the cross by guilting you into shame for the freedom that He purchased on your behalf with His own blood. It’s not a privilege that you earned. It’s a gift you receive. And to say that the gift was not enough to wash away ALL of your guilty stains was to say that His sacrifice was not enough. He’s worthy of so much more than our disdain and disrespect.