By Caleb Bobrycki
Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios
From a few of the creators and writers that brought Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph to the big screen, comes another great, original idea. Big Hero 6, is about a young Hiro Hamada, struggling to find his identity and come to grips with the path to a career in science. His elder brother, Tadashi, a current college student enrolled in a prestigious school, inspires him to and guides him in following his dreams of scientific invention. After losing Tadashi in a tragic fire, Hiro is left with a robot built by his older brother, called Baymax, specifically designed to care for the physical needs of humans.
Aside from the size of audience and earnings, the warmness of the story speaks volumes to the film’s success. A concern some may have is the seemingly short runtime for the size of narrative; though a little squeezed together, Big Hero 6, is honorary for its familial message, comedy, and engaging action.
Baymax’s caring nature stands out quite obviously as a main theme in the film. Seeing Hiro always fueled by a different agenda, however, reminds the sinner of his own selfishness. Baymax’s caring nature mixed with his objectivity forces Hiro to face his impetuous behavior. Some lines of comparison may be drawn between said relationship and the one between Christ and his little sheep.
Misusing Our Healthcare Assistant
Christ Jesus came to save sinners, and make them to glorify his Father (1 Timothy 1:15, John 15:8); Baymax was created to take care of Hiro’s health, even if at the expense of his own robotic life. The Word of God already tells us what’s good for us: save us from sin for the glory of God. Indeed, Christ teaches us to pray “Father, hallowed be Thy name.” It is all about the glory of God, not us. When we try and bend Christ to serve our selfish wills, we are like Hiro using Baymax for something other than his purpose. There is a scene in which Hiro attempts to reprogram Baymax to destroy another character; the robot then reminds him that his purpose is to help people, not destroy them.
Baymax had in fact been satisfactory in his caring for Hiro. In a pivotal ending scene, reality sinks in for Hiro when Baymax asks one final time if his health care assistance had been satisfactory, and because Hiro had made changes to his definition, he could finally answer that he was satisfied. When we doubt if God has been good to us, is that because God has actually gone back on his promises, or because we misunderstood his promises? Christ’s purpose is to make much of his Father and satisfy us with his goodness; the means to that end may be very painful, and we ought not question if God loves us when it is. We generally think and act like Jesus came to save us from financial debt; however, the Bible says he came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). We pretend that God is to make us famous; the Bible says he is to make us like Christ. May we stop attempting to reprogram Christ, and finally confess, “We are satisfied with your care for us.”