The following two videos each include the bold words “Here I stand.” But do they mean the same thing?
1. Elsa (from Frozen‘s “Let It Go”)
2. Luther (at the Diet of Worms)
Tim Keller explains how they differ:
“Let It Go,” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, was sung in the Disney movie Frozen and won the 2013 Oscar for Best Original Song. It is both interesting and ironic to compare the sung speech of the character Elsa in Frozen with that of Martin Luther before the Holy Roman Emperor. Both say, “Here I stand.” But Luther meant he was free from fear and from other authorities because he was bound by the Word of God and its norms. Elsa speaks for the contemporary culture by saying she can be free only if there are no boundaries at all.