*authors note: the characters and plot of this series are controversial among the Christian community so you’ll need to form your own opinion.
I recently watched a scene of Little Red Riding Hood in a Netflix series called Once Upon a Time. I’m writing about it because it has a familiar cross road metaphor similar to the Christian walk of faith. Little Red Riding Hood, called Red, found herself fighting an internal struggle of loyalty. Red recently discovered she is actually the feared werewolf who blacks out at every full moon when she transforms from human into wolf. As a wolf, she is untrustworthy and is vicious towards others, and has even killed. Her grandmother (who is also a werewolf) has given her a red cape that protects her from changing into the dreadful creature. However, when it was stolen, she knew the monster was lying in wait inside of her. It was just a matter of time. When she first discovered her identity as werewolf, she felt singled out and all alone. She felt she was deserving of death for turning into the vicious animal she knew she would become without the covering of that cape. As the story progressed, another werewolf much like herself, discovered her scent and found her. He then led a hidden pack of werewolves to meet her, including her own biological mother whom Red thought long abandoned her as a little girl.
Now she had discovered that her maternal mother and an entire group of people were all werewolves much like herself. For so long, she thought herself all alone but now they were right there among her. Suddenly, she is not alone in her kind. This is when she finds herself in a situation, one that most Christians ultimately come to, a cross in the road. Little Red Riding Hood has to choose between her newly discovered pack of werewolves who are very much like herself or will she choose to side with her best friend Snow, who had been such a loyal friend through many years? Will she see the love that covered her through that red cape or will she throw off the cape and identify with her maternal pack from where she came?
As a Christian, there are times when we struggle with the werewolf inside. The Bible tells us we are all born into sin, Psalm 51:5 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” As Christians, we often feel alone in our struggles, and when we find others who struggle in a similar way as we do, we are naturally drawn to identify with them. We ignore the blackouts and dismiss the ravenous cravings that drive us to hurt the very ones we love that result from living as the beast wills. We justify our actions because we accept that there is a werewolf inside. Little Red Riding Hood stood at the crossroads and so will you. Would she migrate with the pack or continue on with Snow White. Will you believe the word of God as you continue to follow Jesus Christ through his shed blood at the cross or will you identify with what comes natural to you?
I want to encourage you to keep under the covering of that red cape and stay safe as you live under the protective blood of Jesus!