Christian Themes In How The Grinch Stole Christmas | Finding Christ In Cinema

In How The Grinch Stole Christmas, we see the Grinch with a wicked heart that is two sizes too small be transformed into the Grinch with a pure heart.

This is an image of the promotional poster for Dr. Seuss' 1966 animated How The Grinch Stole Christmas special featuring Boris Karloff.

I Will Remove The Heart Of Stone

Just after the Grinch steals Christmas from the Whos, he wants to take a moment to relish in the success of his mission. He leans over the edge of a cliff with a hand to his ear and expects to hear the Whovian citizens mourning and wailing over their lost celebrations. He instead hears the same song that the Whos have been singing the whole, and this time, he actually hears their song: “Christmas Day is in our grasp / so long as we have hands to clasp.” He then realizes that he was wrong about the Whos, that Christmas is more than just presents, and that his heart can indeed change.

And Give You A Heart Of Flesh

This climactic moment reminds of us of David’s cry in his psalms – “Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me” – which also hearkens to the need for a heart transformation. Just as he showed us what a defiled heart can do by killing Christmas, the Grinch now shows us what a pure heart can do by restoring it. Likewise, through both our own wickedness and by witnessing the wickedness of others – all of which point to the separation between us and God – we know what a defiled heart can do. Thankfully, we also have an example of what a pure heart can do as seen in Jesus the Christ.

This Christmas – and all throughout the year – let’s strive to activate that pure heart that God wants to create for us; let’s further strive to use it to activate God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.

Finding Christ In How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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