Daily Devotional for Friday May 18, 2018
Disney's Night of Joy is Gone, Gay Days are Bigger than Ever
(Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 10:17; Galatians 3:28)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: YOU: Please Lord bless me and my family today. Help us to never forget to honor you and praise your holy name. Thank you for your blessings. Let us be good stewards of those blessings and never forget to reach out to others and be a blessing to those who cross our path each day. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
Disney's Night of Joy, a Christian Music Festival began 34 years ago in 1983 is being cancelled! This announcement comes as they prepare at the end of the month for their annual GAY DAYS AT DISNEY extravaganza, a week-long event where Disney and all of the Orlando attractions roll out the red carpet for men and women who CHOOSE to engage in perverted sex with people of the same sex. I have been trying to warn the Christian community that because the church basically left the culture to the wolves of satan 3 decades ago for the comfort, safety, and PROFITABILITY of the Christian sub-culture they have created, this is the end result!!!
I'm not sure if there was ever a Devotional that made me as sad to write as this one, but it is time to get out the rat poison and get rid of Mickey Mouse. I was a child in the '60s and grew up with Mickey, Donald Duck, and Goofey. Every Sunday night on TV I watched Walt Disney's Wide World of Entertainment. The great movies I grew up watching were the Disney classics. To this day, I vividly remember in 1974 going on what would be my first of many trips to Disneyworld in the Orlando area. It is one of those magical places that is exciting if you are 5 or 50! That is why it is so difficult for me to tell you today that it is time to get rid of Mickey Mouse!
The Disney empire, founded by Walt Disney, sadly went corporate many years ago. While they have tried to maintain and promote that "family friendly" image that made Disney such a treasured name, they have not been able to hide the fact that over the years they have traded in that image and the good name of Disney for profits. In addition to Walt Disney Pictures, they also own Touchstone Pictures, Miramax Films, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and others. It is under these other names that they produce and profit off of motion pictures promoting sex, violence, torture, and whatever depravity you can name. No matter how they try to hide it, these are Disney owned properties.
Of course, Disney also owns ABC Television. Despite that fact, they have not been shy in producing garbage programming to capitalize on the moral decay of our society. Wonder how long Walt would have put up with ABC's anti-Christian, anti-government, pro homosexual views on life? Disney also owns cable television, radio, and publishing properties that continuously put out content that is anything but "family friendly."
Disney also owns ESPN. For those who have been part of the Liveprayer family you know I have been a huge sports fan, ALL SPORTS, since I was 4 sitting on my grandfather’s knee and listening to Ohio State football (one of my future alma maters along with Liberty U.). I remember about 5 yrs ago getting to the point I would still watch live sporting events on ESPN, but cut out everything else as they began weaving in a very liberal political agenda with their sports coverage. Nothing made that point better than a few years ago on their annual awards program, The ESPYS, they gave the mentally disturbed Bruce Jenner (anyone who doesn’t even know what gender God made them is mentally disturbed) their “courage” award. Here is the link to that Daily Devotional: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5960
Of course, the centerpiece of the Disney corporate empire are the theme parks. In addition to Disneyland in the Los Angeles area and Disneyworld in the Orlando area, you also have Disney theme parks in Tokyo, Paris, and Hong Kong. Over the years, I have taken the folks at Disney to task for their support of "Gay Days" at their parks. While they initially tried to distance themselves from these gatherings of people who have chosen to commit the sin of homosexuality, they now openly and without shame help to promote and support these special days when they welcome with open arms men and women who have chosen to engage in this unnatural and deviant form of sexual relations.
The final straw came for me a few years ago when Disney announced they will now welcome same-sex couples to get married at their Disney theme parks. It has long been a special package Disney has offered to people wanting to get married at the Disney parks. Thousands and thousands of weddings have taken place at Disney parks over the years. Until a few weeks ago, they had a policy that only allowed marriages with a legal marriage license. Disney Parks and Resorts spokesman Donn Walker said this change is in line with Disney's long-standing policy of welcoming every guest to the inclusive environments at the company's theme parks. "We want everyone who comes to celebrate a special occasion at Disney to feel welcome and respected," Walker told the AP.
Now I am certain many people reading this are thinking, with all the problems in my life, in the world, who cares if gay people get married at Disney? Fair question. Here is why we not only should care, but MUST care! We as Christians have NO VOICE! NONE! NOBODY CARES WHAT WE THINK OR SAY! Part of the reason is that we have chosen to take ourselves out of the public arena and retreat to the safety of the Christian trough years ago. The few who did stay to try and bring Truth to the world were marginalized, stereotyped, mocked, and ignored. The other part of that reason is that we are so fractured, we don't speak with one voice but many, thus there is no clear and concise message.
The fact is we have the numbers, we have the ability to not only be heard but institute change. We have the ability to make a difference on the key social issues of our day. But there are only a few who are willing to stand up and be heard without compromising the Truth of God's Word. Sadly, none of these people have the ability to bring Christians across all of the barriers we have erected to divide ourselves from each other making it is easy to dismiss those few as "nutcases," "whackos," and "extremists." So it has been easier for most to simply retreat to the safety and profitability of the Christian trough, focus on those who are friendly to them and their message, those who will financially support them, and not care about even trying to bring the Body together or reach out to the lost and hurting. To them, those goals are a waste of time, energy and not worth the "investment."
I love you and care about you so much. I am NOT telling you to quit watching ABC, or going to watch movies put out by Disney movie studios, or to stop taking your kids to Disney theme parks. That is a principled choice YOU need to make. I am telling you that the Mickey Mouse of 2018 is NOT the Mickey Mouse created by Walt Disney. The current Mickey Mouse has sold his soul to satan for money. While he still wants to be seen as the friend of the family, the fact is he has no conscience and will do whatever it takes to add a few cents to the bottom line of the Disney balance sheets. While we used to think of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, it won't be long before we see Mickey Mouse with Mark Mouse!!!
Sadly, because so many men and women of God have also sold out for the bottom line, there is no real voice to lead the Christian community. Due to the fact everyone relies on people to give them money, they are more interested in focusing their time and effort on those who will support them than working to reach across the man-made walls we have built that divide us. They don't preach a pure message of Truth and hope since they have to focus each message on how to raise money. Thus, we are divided into our little fiefdoms, with no real voice, even though the numbers are there to make an incredible impact on this nation and world if we could come together as one.
I will be praying for you. Praying that you will seek the Lord whether your family needs to continue to support Disney with your dollars. I will also ask you to be praying as God continues to open the right doors to bring the right people into the life of this ministry as we seek to establish Liveprayer as a place all Believers can look to, to bring the Truth of God's Word into the marketplace and take a stand for righteousness in the marketplace. If those who serve satan can invoke their will on society, if a group of people who choose to engage in sex God calls a sin and an abomination can invoke their will on society, it is time that the people of God who stand on His Truth and righteousness to invoke GOD'S WILL on society!!!
Mickey Mouse has sold his soul, he is not the Mickey Mouse Walt Disney created those many years ago. It is time for him to go!!!
His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller