Zootopia Rejects the Bible's Teaching About Humans

Not long into Walt Disney’s latest animated money-maker, Zootopia, many of my fellow audience members erupted into smug laughter and self-serving applause. This reaction was prompted by the filmmakers’ swipe at America’s red states. A bunny had just announced that she wanted to be the first bunny to serve on the Zootopia police force. Dressed in the uniform of blue-collar, red-state Americans and using a grammar-challenged Southern accent, a fox mocks the bunny’s dream. The sharp-witted bunny quickly makes the fox look like a fool. From the get-go, the filmmakers make it clear that certain segments of the population are worthy of scorn if they don’t fall in lockstep with Progressivism’s planned utopia. That movie’s scene was so offensive I wanted to walk out, but my kids were with me.

After the movie, over dinner, my two children and I discussed Zootopia and the implications of its naked, leftist didacticism. My ten-year-old daughter is fairly attuned to the absurdities around her, and she openly scoffed at the movie’s premise that nothing transcendent binds us. According to Zootopia, we can be whomever and whatever we want, as long, of course, as that whomever and whatever doesn’t violate the strictly defined parameters of this brave new world’s ethics. And Zootopia’s premise fails because it rejects the Bible’s teaching about humans.

One of the movie’s main tenets is that biology is not determinative; Zootopia hammers that belief ad nauseam into the audience. This belief is one of the more obvious tent poles of progressivism’s desired utopian circus. And, this weird form of Gnosticism packaged as individualistic self-actualization stands in immediate contradiction to the left’s other tent pole of evolutionary materialism. Progressivism’s utopian circus tent relies on competing worldviews. In other words, to even enter their collapsed and suffocating tent, you’re going to have to crawl on your belly and eat the dust of the ground.

The notion that we are not determined by biology denies the wonderful reality that God created us as material beings, and then declared us “good.” For the record, God also created us as spiritual beings, which is why evolutionary materialism is also wrong. Humans are a wonderful synthesis of material and spiritual that death destroys. We were not created to have our souls and bodies ripped apart. In his book, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, theologian Dr. Michael Horton explains “that human nature is not to be identified exclusively or even primarily with the soul; the ‘real self’ is the whole self – body and soul.”