Christian Morality and Relationships - the Lion King

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“To live a moral life as a Christian is to imitate Jesus and listen to the teachings of the Church, in order to create the Kingdom of God” (RE Morality Booklet). Moral decision making is influenced by many factors, including the teachings of Jesus, Christian and Cardinal Values and the teachings of the Church. These aspects clearly provide a Christian ethical code of conduct which helps in moral decision making, as portrayed in the movie The Lion King where the supporting characters, Timon and Pumbaa, decide to save the protagonist Simba and when they choose to fight alongside him in his quest to reclaim his rightful position as king of the Pride Lands.

The teachings of Jesus and the Beatitudes influence Timon and Pumbaa’s decision to save Simba from death caused by exhaustion. Jesus imparted the moral view of ‘welcome the stranger,’ portrayed in the famous parable ‘The Good Samaritan’, where a Jewish man is robbed, beaten and left for dead on the side of the road and a Samaritan, despite being despised by Jews, gives aid to the man and saves his life (Luke 10:25-37). The actions of Timon and Pumbaa clearly reflect those portrayed in the Good Samaritan. They save Simba and raise him as family, despite the fact he is a lion, and in doing so they become more optimistic in following the parable, “You know, having a lion around might not be such a bad idea” (The Lion King 1994). Moreover, the blessing of Jesus, "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied" (Beatitudes), influences Timon and Pumbaa’s decision to save Simba. They demonstrate their belief in righteousness by not abandoning Simba, “Hey, Timon. It's just a little lion. Look at him. He's so cute, and all alone! Can we keep him? ...Of course” (The Lion King 1994). It is evident that the teaching of Jesus of ‘welcome the stranger’ and the Beatitudes about righteousness, influence Timon and Pumbaa’s moral decision to save Simba.

As a result of saving Simba,...
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