We continue our journey along the Yellow Brick Road in the merry old land of Oz and discover even more biblical themes in The Wizard Of Oz. All that and more on this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema.
Even More Christian Themes In The Wizard Of Oz
One episode wasn’t enough in order to discuss all the biblical imagery and themes in The Wizard Of Oz. In fact two hosts weren’t enough either; we had to call in special guest John Carney to help out. Actually John came to the studio to do a story for our local paper, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette (read the online article here), and we recruited him on the spot! John also blogs on his site, Lake Neuron. Visit him there.
This being the second episode in which we discuss The Wizard Of Oz you’ll first want to be sure you’ve listened to the first installment and read the accompanying blog post on the Finding Christ In Cinema website.
I proposed that we proceed directly to a third episode on the Wizard Of Oz, but Brenden insisted that we move on. So this is the last in this series. At least for a spell. One of the excellent witnessing tools that we discussed is near and dear to the Yellow Brick Road. In fact, they go together nicely.
The Ruby Slippers and The Blood Of The Lamb
After Dorothy’s house dropped on the wicked witch of the East her sister, the wicked witch of the West, came to claim them. This is where our allegory begins. Dorothy is beginning her journey along the Yellow Brick Road (Jesus – see last episode) when she finds herself shod with the ruby red slippers. The wicked witch of the West has no power to take them. Why? Because Dorothy has begun to put on the whole armor of God:
- Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil – Ephesians 6:11
She is directed toward Emerald City with a warning from the good witch Glenda to keep those red slippers on her feet. They are part of the whole armor of God, as Paul continues to write to the church at Ephesus:
- [A]nd, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace – Ephesians 6:15
Skipping forward, and past many other points made in the podcast – at the end we find that Dorothy has lost all hope; believing that she is stuck in Oz. Glenda arrives and tells Dorothy that the ruby red slippers always had the power to take her home. Just like the blood of Jesus which brings us near to the Father and our Heavenly home:
- But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ – Ephesians 2:13
Finding Christ In Cinema
This is just a small sampling of what we discussed on this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema. Listen to the full-length audio podcast to hear much more.
In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.
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QUESTION: What Christian themes did you find in The Wizard Of Oz? Let us know.