Adventure Time is a kooky, hilarious, messed-up kids show, which seriously shouldn’t be for kids. It manages to deal with some pretty serious issues, and if you can get past the weirdness it asks some deep questions.
One of my favourite episodes is Season 4, Episode 10: You Made Me. You can check out the full episode here. It focuses on a character called Lemongrab, who was created by Princess Bubblegum in order to take over the Candy Kingdom from her, but he is a terrible ruler who hates people. The Princess then tries to teach Lemongrab how to love and care for people by showing them affection. While attempting to be ‘caring’ Lemongrab freaks out and screams:
And who says YOUR way’s right, anyway? I look in the lemon heart you gave me and see MYYY lemon way to act! And that MUST be right!
Watching this episode last night made me think about what Lemongrab says here. Because when each of us look into our own hearts, we can also see a ‘way to act’ – essentially, a moral code. Murder is wrong, love is good, etc. This moral code is not some abstract, chance thing. It comes from our Creator, just as Lemongrab’s did. God chose to give us a right and wrong way of living.
Every one has heard people quarreling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kind of things they say. They say things like this: ‘How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?’ ‘That’s my seat, I was there first’ ‘Leave him alone, he isn’t doing you any harm’
Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely saying that the other man’s behaviour does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behaviour which he expects the other man to know about. And the other man very seldom replies: ‘To hell with your standard.’ Nearly always he tries to make out that what he has been doing does not really go against the standard, or that if it does there is some special excuse.
It looks, in fact, very much as if both parties had in mind some kind of Law or Rule of fair play or decent behaviour or morality or whatever you like to call it, about which they really agreed. And they have.
– C.S. Lewis, ‘Mere Christianity’
If you disagree with me (or C.S. Lewis) I encourage you to read his book Mere Christianity; in particular the first handful of chapters, which deal with ‘Moral Code’.
And I challenge every reader to look into their heart and see if they are living the way they should. Are you living the way you were created to?