This movie does affirm by the end that being with family, despite complications, is indeed worth the hassle, but still doesn’t get it all right. First off, nothing about the McAllister’s home suggests a hint of morality, as depicted in the way they bully Kevin and only see their act of coming home ASAP from Paris as an act of necessity, not love. As a result, Kevin is easily spooked by the rest of the neighborhood, particularly Old Man Marley.
To a kid, everything foreign looks scary, without the Lord, everything looks frightening as you tread in darkness. If we are all called God’s children, that means we all have a natural reaction of fear to what we don’t understand, much like the McAllister family in Paris, a city where the minority of the population speak English, when open flights back home are scarce in this hectic travel time of year. Kevin’s mother is at an even worse point in her frantic plane-search back to Chicago, with sixty hours of no sleep, she vocally declares that she’s willing to sell her soul to the devil to get to Kevin. Yet at this point, she finds she doesn’t need to: a miracle comes to her in the form of John Candy. You could call this a coincidence the screenwriter threw in for the sake of solving the problem for the characters (a deus ex machina), but it could also be the Lord using a weird saxophone player with a truck to show Mrs. McAllister that miracles can happen. God always has a funny way of showing his presence, even if it’s a talking donkey. (Numbers 22:28)
You wouldn’t believe that all this would happen out of a single wish Kevin makes the night before the flight to Paris. God sometimes allows our selfish desires to be fulfilled so that we can see the error of our ways and come back to him. That happened in the book of 1 Samuel, when Israel wanted a king to match the surrounding nations. God didn’t want that, because he needed his people, under the rule of judges, to see Him as their eternal king, not to be like the neighboring pagan kingdoms of earth. However, God still gave them a king, not because he was spoiling them, but because Israel needed to see that with a flawed king, only God is the sovereign king. (Proverbs 18:1)
Sadly, nobody saw these signs as God’s miracles, they never turned to Him, in fact, Kevin just saw Santa as the savior. All other sinful actions of these characters go unpunished, including Kevin lying to a stranger about being an only child, virtually disowning his relatives. (Matthew 15:4) He doesn’t learn to love his father and mother, thus the audience, particularly kids, will try to imitate that glamorized behavior. (John 15:12) That is why you don’t have to be a McAllister and ignore the calling card of the Lord: disown your sinful urges and turn yourself to Him. The Lord will pull you out of a fate worse and longer lasting than a night visited by a couple of dimwitted bandits.
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