One reason my wife “hates” me passionately is my love for cartoon. When she wants to have a peek at those never ending TV series, my son and I are almost always busy with the remote shuttling between any of Nickelodeon, POP, Jim Jam or any other available cartoon channel. Democratically, it is always two of us against one of her; majority wins except when we choose to concede defeat.
Of the many cartoons/animations I have watched, one in particular seems to never get old and out of fashion; The Lion King. What I wish to share with us today is a lesson I learnt from watching The Lion King.
Simba was born a lion. He was no ordinary lion, he was in fact a prince, being groomed to become the Alpha lion, to walk in his father’s paw prints, to become the King of Pride Rock. That was until Simba’s uncle murdered his father, and tricked the young and naïve Simba into accepting responsibility for his father’s death and thus running away from home into self-exile.
It was while in exile that the crux of our discuss today gets its inspiration. Simba became friends with the duo of Timon (a meerkat) and Pumbaa (a warthog). Simba, a lion, became friends with the very people that should be on his dinner plate. Simba was trained and taught by Timon and Pumbaa. Through this friendship, Simba had his entire life’s philosophy and behavior altered. One particular example of such life changing philosophy was through the words of Timon; “Listen, kid, if you live with us, you have to eat like us” (The Lion King Part 1, at 46 min 16 sec). Thus a lion, a carnivore became an insectivore, feeding on insects and maggots; just by association, friendship.
Many followers of Christ, Christians, today are like Simba! We have formed a friendship with the world. We have thus been taught to accept the very evil we are meant to chase. In the book, In one Fall, is this paragraph;
“Being in the company of bad friends is like soil being in contact with running water. If it continues unchecked, the damage done is so great that the work required to undo the damage scares anyone who wants to try.”***
Apostle Paul aptly captures it when he says; “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” (1Corinthians 15:33 NKJV).
*** For details, read Chapter 3, pages 26 and 27 of the book In One Fall by Pharm Amene Terhemen. For copies call/text/whatsapp +2348154230654