Night of Joy Cancelled…Pride Nite In ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

I am a Disney fan.  When I lived in Florida, I had a season pass and went 10-12 times a year.

I also co-authored a book called “If Disney Ran Your Children’s Ministry” that has sold thousands of copies. 

One of the highlights of my trips to Disney was the Night of Joy.  Night of Joy was an annual, contemporary Christian music festival.  It started up in 1983 and was held every year. 

It was great to be able to see some of the top CCM artists sing praises to God throughout the park and to hear testimonies of God’s grace and love shared. 

Why was the Night of Joy cancelled?  It definitely wasn’t because of poor attendance.  Every year I went it was full.  

A Disney World spokeswoman said eliminating Night of Joy is a part of Walt Disney World’s philosophy of “continually changing our offerings.”  

So…Night of Joy is cancelled.  

Sad to think that the company cancelled the one event that exalted Jesus.  I know they are not a Christian company, but they have been known all these years as a “family-friendly” place.  It was definitely a place that Walt built to provide families with a great family-friendly experience.  To be honest, I doubt he would be favorable to where the company has gone after his passing.

A few weeks ago, Disney rolled out a new celebration.  What was the theme?  Pride Nite. 

Pride Nite took place this past June 13th and 15th at Disneyland in California.  Pride Nite is a separately ticketed event which celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community
and allies.  This after-hours event includes themed entertainment, Disney
characters, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, specialty menu items,
event merchandise and more. 

This should honestly not be a surprise.  Disney has been gradually promoting and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ lifestyle more and more each year.  This includes not only this new Pride Night, but the ongoing “Gay Days at the Park as well.”  

The first week in June brings the LGBTQIA+ Community
together in Orlando.  The annual event began in 1991 and has grown each year.  The event now attracts over 150,000 people. The event is
packed with entertainment and gatherings for the LGBTQIA+ community.

We know there is an active agenda to indoctrinate the next generation with all things gay. Read my article “They Are Coming for Your Children.”  Disney has jumped on the bandwagon and under the guise of acceptance and inclusion are promoting the gay agenda to the kids and families they can influence.

As Christians what should our response be?  Should we stop going to Disney theme parks?  Should we stop attending or watching Disney movies?  Should we cancel our subscription to the Disney Channel?

This is something each person and family must decide for themselves. I do know this.  As Jesus-followers, He calls on us to speak the truth in love.  Look at this verse.  

“But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head-Christ.”         Ephesians 4:15

What does it mean to “speak the truth in love?”

“Speaking the truth in love” is being able to communicate your convictions to others without wavering and in a way that other people will hear you.  

We are to stand with the teachings of the Bible.  While at the same time sharing our convictions with a heart of love and kindness so people will hear what we have to say.

Your turn. Share your thoughts and insights about this.  What do you think?  Share in the comment section below.

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