“You Need To Adjust to the World”
A Response to a News Reporter’s Call for Progressive Conformity
A while back, I came across an interesting YouTube video that was posted back in 2020, and, after watching it, I knew I had to write about it. The title of the video was ‘Gay Disney Leading Role: Is it Time?’ The video focused on a specific character from Pixar’s Onward. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s about two brothers, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, who are on a quest to bring back their deceased father. It’s a pretty fun movie, but, in my opinion, definitely not one of Pixar’s best films.
In the YouTube video, a panel of “news anchors” discuss the character, Specter, a purple female cyclops police officer. In the film, Specter, who only has a few lines, says, “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out.” Disney later confirmed that Specter was in fact a lesbian in a same-sex relationship. This was something I completely missed when I saw the movie, but now something I will never forget — and for those who are not aware, Onward is a cartoon for kids that features mythological creatures, such as trolls and giants.
The panel then began to discuss other films where Disney inserted gay characters, such as the 2017 remake of Beauty & the Beast where LeFou has a same-sex attraction toward Gaston. All of the news anchors seemed to be thrilled to have LGBT representation in a Disney film and expressed excitement for the future of Disney movies.
However, it was the response of one of the anchors, Jeff Schroeder, that really caught my attention. After pointing out the fact that there were two Black co-hosts on the panel and two gay production crew members working in the studio, Schroeder goes on to say:
“This is the world we are living in now and Disney is trying to put that into their movies. If you don’t like this, you probably live in a community that you haven’t been out of in a long, long time. The world is passing you by. The world isn’t going to change for you. You have to adjust to the world.”
If you’re a Christian, that quote should really concern you. First off, it comes off as completely arrogant and pretentious to say that people aren’t truly living their best lives if they aren’t comfortable with homosexuality or radical progressivism. People who live in small towns are apparently missing out on good old-fashioned secularism. Secondly, this should bother you because this sort of ideology is exactly where we are headed in 2022 and beyond. In just two years since the video was uploaded onto YouTube, elementary school teachers are indoctrinating kids to affirm homosexuality and transgenderism. In just two years, Disney is on a mission to fulfill its “gay agenda.” In just two years, parents are letting their kids decide which gender they want to become. In just two years, athletic teams are allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports. Schroeder was indeed correct when he said, “This is the world we are living in now.” However, just because we are living in it, doesn’t mean we have to take part in any of it. I think you might know where I’m headed with this message.
Romans 12:2 says:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
As Christians, we are not to conform to what the world tells us, but to what God tells us. The world is not our ultimate authority. We do not answer to the world and we certainly do not have to answer to a television news anchor. We answer to God, and we will all answer to God on the last day, whether you believe in Him or not.
A lot of so-called “Christians” today go along and embrace this unbiblical agenda. They say they follow Christ but affirm homosexuality, celebrate transgenderism, embrace radical feminism, and support abortion. They say they follow Christ but disregard the Bible because it offends them. They don’t belong to a church because churches are meaningless. So many people have abandoned their Christian faith for a world that will someday perish. They’ve rejected God in order to worship themselves.
Doesn’t this sound awfully familiar? Doesn’t this sound a lot like the Israelites in Exodus 32 worshipping the golden calf after being rescued by God? The same people who trusted God and considered themselves followers of God chose to worship a false worldly idol. Can’t the same thing be said about the Christians of today?
1 John 2:15–17 says:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all of that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whosoever does the will of God abides forever.
The Greek word for ‘world’ is kosmos, which actually has quite a few various definitions. This is where we get the word cosmos when describing the universe. But when we see the word ‘world’ used in this context in 1 John, John doesn’t mean the astronomical world and he’s certainly not saying to not care for the world, either. We indeed need to love the things God created in the world, such as people, animals, and the environment. After all, when God created the world, He said it was ‘good’ (Genesis 1). John is referring to the ungodly and earthly things of the world that take us away from the goodness of God. Romans 12:9 says:
Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.
What is good? God is good. If what we affirm and celebrate is not from God, it is not good. James 1:17 says:
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above…”
The world is indeed headed in a new direction and this should be a moment for all true Christians to stand firm in their faith and not give in to modern-day evils. This should also be a moment for relief. The world is increasingly becoming more ungodly, which means we are moving ever so close to the return of Christ. Jesus says these things must come to pass before He returns, but what things?
Matthew 24:10–14 says:
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Many will be offended? Offended by what? Offended by the word of God.
Are we not seeing that today? People are offended by the Bible because they see it as homophobic, sexist, and racist. According to Schroeder, if we don’t support the LGBT people or the new thinking around diversity, then something is wrong with us. We’re missing out on life. We’re apparently being sheltered and living under a rock while the world passes us by.
Many will be deceived by false teachings. Christians are being lied to by false Christian teachers who deny Christ, affirm sinful behavior, and reject Scripture. People like Schroeder will come around and tell you that your beliefs are outdated and it’s time to catch up to the views of today.
In the fall of 2021, my wife and I took a trip to Yosemite National Park to join a watercoloring class. It was a three-day event and we got to explore a lot of the landmarks for artistic inspiration. On the last day, we drove up to Glacier Point to paint the beautiful views of Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley. While we were up there, we came across a wedding at one of the small amphitheaters. On one side of the amphitheater stood a man with a woman and on the opposite side stood another man with a woman. I, and many others, assumed we were about to see a 2-for-1 wedding where two separate couples would get married at the same time. However, that wasn’t the case. The two men with the women were simply the fathers walking their daughters down the aisle. It was a lesbian wedding. When others found out the truth about the wedding, they were surprised and a bit caught off guard, just as I was. We weren’t angry at the situation but we just didn’t realize what was going on. Because we showed just a bit of surprise, one lady who was with the painting class exclaimed, “Oh, for real guys! It’s the 21st century. Catch up!”
Many unbelievers will use the passage of time to make a point regarding homosexuality. They think because we live in such an advanced culture with logic and reason, we should be able to accept the things that were once offensive to an older and ignorant generation. While this may be true for many unbelievers, Christians don’t abide by this rule. It doesn’t matter if it’s the 22nd century or the 100th century. God’s word is timeless and everlasting. If we are to go by this logic from that woman in the painting class or even Schroeder, we can also say the Ten Commandments are outdated and, therefore, I can murder people. But no. The Bible is only outdated if it burdens someone’s sinful lifestyle.
The world is indeed changing every single day. We’re certainly not living in the same world 10 years ago. This should be a wake-up call to lukewarm Christians. This is a test of your faith. This is where we separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25). Will you adjust to an imperfect and fallen world that will one day pass away? Or, will you hold steady in your faith and trust in a perfect and everlasting Creator who will ultimately judge those who deny His word?