Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s Theology

Posted: August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized
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   I recently found, stashed away safely, some old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cookie cutters at my parents home.  See, I am a lover of all things TMNT.  I have somewhere a large plastic tub of old Turtle toys.  Anyone that is around me for very long can tell of the joy that comes when I think about the Ninja Turtles.  After making some delicious cookies, and biting the heads off each Turtle, I decided to watch the first season of the Ninja Turtles, which I have on DVD.

Who knew that these turtles could be so theological.  In the second episode they are up against the foot clan, Shredder, and a giant brain called Krang.  In this episode we find out that Krang has been giving Shredder the knowledge of a different dimension, Dimension X.  He is also behind all of Shredder’s evil plans.  Here we have a classic battle of good versus evil.  But taking a closer look we see that evil believes that through their “mind” they can overpower the turtles and take over the world.  Obviously the turtles do end up winning the fight, or else there would be no second season.

This can parallel our lives.  At times, as humans, we believe that our mind can get us through whatever we may face.  We believe that the mind is the strongest muscle.  Maybe because we used it most often, although that might not always be a good thing.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

We must transform our mind because until we do, it cannot discern the will of God.  Our minds are set in auto-pilot with the world.  It is natural to logic out situations and even be selfish.  But this is not the end goal.  The goal is for God’s will and our minds to be alike.  Until we renew our mind, we cannot trust it.  We cannot rely on it to get us through hardships.  We cannot rely on it to guide our lives because if we do we are sure to fail.  It is only when salvation has entered our lives that we are able to trust our mind.

We trust it not because it is ours, but because we are able to discern the will of God.  The mind is crucial.  We have trusted in the minds of many great people.  Those whose minds got us through wars, created industry, and evolved technology.  But see, these things are useless if we do not seek God’s will in them.  The smart phone, the computer, the television, blogs, the internet, and music are all wasted if God’s will is not perfected in them.

Do not make decisions based on human knowledge and know-how.  Make them based on the will of God.  Krang believed his mind would get him through.  He failed and was not happy. 

Just a little theological lesson found in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I knew I liked them for a reason.

In Christ’s Love,

Josh

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