Smallfoot: It Matters Where Laws Come From

The Stonekeeper manages the laws of the Yeti community Image courtesy of Warner Brothers

A tribe of Yetis live on top of a floating mountain top, unaware of the outside world, living life according to the laws recorded on stone. Yetis have been following these laws since the Great Sky Yak crapped them into existence. Summoning the Sun Snail with a gong ring starts every morning and keeps the universe moving. Life is predictable. Life is controlled. Life is good…that is until the sun rises without being summoned and the presence of a smallfoot (human) is discovered. The stone tablets declare both to be impossible. Can we trust the law given in light of this new evidence? Mildly humorous antics and animated nonsense ensue to explore the mysterious events.

Smallfoot sends a message to the isolated religious nuts, get rid of your outdated religious laws. Maybe you think I’m reading into things or that my tinfoil hat is too tight. Let’s get to it.

Sweet Moses

In Christianity and Judaism, Moses is the leader of God’s people entrusted with delivering them from bondage into the Promised Land. One monumental moment is when Moses receives the Ten Commandments from God…on stone tablets.

In Smallfoot the leader is called Stonekeeper and literally carries the laws of Yeti civilization on his person. Stonekeeper rocks a righteous beard, carries a staff, and holds the law of his people. It’s clearly a parallel to Moses.

Are Laws Bad?

In Smallfoot the old crusty laws are the problem – repressing society from a dreamy utopia where everybody hugs strangers and instantly become best pals forever! If only new ideas could overthrow the outdated laws. It is revealed that the stone laws written by Stonekeeper were spontaneously created as needed to protect Yetis from human attack.

This understanding of laws does not apply to Christianity. It’s an inaccurate portrayal of the Christian faith.

Laws Come From God

In Smallfoot, it’s revealed that Stonekeepers of old simply made up rules as they needed them. This misses a foundational truth about Christian laws, the source of our laws is God.

Exodus 20:1 (ESV)

And God spoke all these words…

The Ten Commandments were given to Moses straight from God. Moses didn’t get bored one afternoon and made them up. The Ten Commandments are the wisdom of God.

When an Almighty God speaks, we should not only listen to His Words, we should cling to them.

Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Aren’t we getting too heavy into works and keeping the law? What about Jesus? He came so we don’t need to follow the law anymore. Right?… Wrong. Jesus came to fulfill the law that we could never meet. He died in our place and fulfilled the law perfectly making eternal life available through faith, but Jesus didn’t toss God’s law in the disposal.

 Matthew 5:17-19 (ESV)

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

So What’s Really Our Problem?

If laws are wisdom from God and good for instruction, why do we hate them so much? Why do we make animated features mocking them?

John 3:19-20 (ESV)

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 

The law reveals our sin and need for a Savior. Our carnal nature fights and claws to keep it’s rule. Our pride prevents us from submitting to God’s Truth. May God lead us to humility and trust in Jesus.

Exodus 16:28 (ESV)

And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws?