Although television programming in the modern age features copious amounts of immorality in order to normalize it, it wasn’t always this way.
I’m sure many of our readers have very fond recollections of their childhood, including having watched a particular selection of Hanna-Barbera productions during that season of their lives. These persons will confirm that those cartoons were funny, clever, innocent and many contained moral messages.
The foremost example in my mind is the Huckleberry Hound series. Not only was the simple blue dog good natured and prone to mispronounce a litany of words with his typical Southern jargon, he was insistent, persevering and unfazed by any harsh situation that may arise.
Not to be outdone, the most outstanding quality “Huck” displayed was his unwavering patience.
In most every episode, Huckleberry’s creators placed the amiable and sometimes clueless dog in almost impossible situations, which guaranteed a high level of hilarity and irony. Yet, in the midst of said circumstances, Huck displays tranquility and steadfastness, irrespective of failure or success. Furthermore, he never allows any setback to change his attitude.
These qualities which were designed into the cartoon by Hanna-Barbera, were highlighted to me once again during the past few days, as my family and I watched a few of the episodes online and reminded me of how important it is for Christians to develop the aforesaid virtues.
Considering that we are living in an age of ever-increasing hostility against Biblical Christianity and all-encroaching secularism, it is of vital importance to develop and remain committed to these Christian qualities.
As both James and Peter wrote, we must pledge our lives to God and in doing so work to cultivate patience, faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness and love. (James 1:2-4, 2 Peter 1:5-10) Additionally, we mustn’t allow circumstances to dictate our attitude.
I don’t know if William Hanna or Joseph Barbera were believers, but I tip my proverbial cap to them for creating a cartoon that displays these virtues.
Just one last piece of advice for readers: If you cannot hit or hold a note, just like Huckleberry couldn’t as he attempted to belt out “Oh my Darling, Clementine” during every waking moment, refrain from singing in public for the sake of those around you. You see, dear reader, even with respect to musicality (or lack thereof) classic cartoons have a great deal to teach us.