Proverbs 18: Follow Your Heart?
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I grew up watching a lot of the traditional Disney classics. I still like them now, but there is one thing that is theologically troubling about most if not all of these films. It seems as if every character is always advised by some old-mentor type person or animal to follow his or her heart. Just look inside, and you will find the answer you’re looking for.
I have a problem with that because the human heart is not a very good thing on its own. Apart from God, there is nothing good in us. Proverbs 18 has some strong words to say about this kind of thing.
Pro 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
A fool doesn’t really care about true understanding. A fool only cares about his or her own opinions. A fool only looks into his or her own heart to find out what course of action to take. Sorry Disney princesses, but your mentors did not have the best advice.
When it comes to decision-making, we have already gone over some very Biblical advice. If we want to make good decisions, we need to start with the fear of the Lord.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The answers to making decisions do not come from your heart. If you are on your own making decisions without God being involved, then it isn’t going to work out all that well. God brings the wisdom, and by reading the Bible and by being sensitive to that wisdom, we will get a lot farther than we would by listening to our heart.
I totally understand the idea of listening to your heart, and I understand that the intent of those movies is more to teach young people and not be swayed by others. It seems to be more of a message against peer pressure, but in actuality, I think that we need to be careful with this message.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?