Hakuna Matata

In Italy, nativity scenes can be found everywhere — in shops, businesses, and of course churches. If you are vigilant, you’ll even find them tucked into window wells, behind iron bars.

What I love about this nativity is that a child inserted a toy into the scene. Not any of the traditional animals associated with the Nativity: sheep, an ox, a donkey, or in many cultures the Magi’s camels.

Caught between the sacred and the profane is the Disney Lion King character, Pumba. it’s the simple offering of a child’s heart; a playful addition to a holy scene, one that brings the incarnation again to the child’s level.

Disney meets Christmas. Culture meets faith.

This nativity pictures the tension many of us feel as we seek to work by faith. We’ve been taught by the church to keep the spiritual aspects of our lives locked behind iron bars. Every day, we work in an environment filled with commercial interests, and playful (and some not so playful) acts of defiance and whimsy.

We continue to live in tension, because we have not embraced this truth: When Christ redeemed us, he redeemed all of us — not just the eternal, but also the physical. He redeemed your mind, body, and spirit.

As Francis Schaeffer stated in Art & The Bible,

"Despite our constant talk about the lordship of Christ, we have narrowed its scope to a very small area of reality. We have misunderstood the concept of the lordship of Christ over the whole man and the whole of the universe and have not taken to us the riches that the Bible gives us for ourselves, for our lives, and for our culture.

The lordship of Christ over the whole of life means that there are no platonic areas in Christianity, no dichotomy or hierarchy between the body and the soul. God made the body as well as the soul, and redemption is for the whole man.”

Philippians reminds us “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for what he has done.”

Stop living in tension. Pray about everything. Stop worrying that you will do something wrong, and make your faith an authentic part of your entrepreneurial lifestyle, and the foundation of your business.

Find your Pumba, and place it before the manger. Hakuna Matata. Grace covers you.


"Hakuna Matata” is quite possibly copyrighted by Disney, but I doubt it. Originally it is a Swahili phrase; translated, it roughly means "No worries.”

St. Francis of Assisi of Italy is credited with creating the first nativity scene. Its design is based on a romanticized interpretation of Scripture, and commoditized by the commercial church of commerce.

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