Sunday evening being totally bored with TV, I did what I seldom do and ordered Pay Per View on Satellite. I ordered the movie “Courageous”. It is a movie with a religious theme and is based on a father’s decision to become a more Godly father after a tragic loss in his family. His male friends all decide together to make a resolution to become more Godly fathers. Each signs a resolution they for which they have publicly sworn to uphold . The movie is gripping, sad, funny and thought provoking. I enjoyed it tremendously and would have watched it again were it not so late at night. Why are not movies like this made more often. Ones that promote goodness instead of bad behaviours. You may feel that I live in an idealistic rather than realistic world. Does the movie show men who are a little too perfect? It really is pretty good about that as one of the men wressles with making a bad decision that eventually lands him in prison. No we are not perfect people and we are all in need of God’s help to become someone better today than we were yesterday. Is it so wrong to promote in movies people who could be someone we could emulate in real life. Doesn’t real life become a little too real at times? In Philippians 4: 8 and 9, the Bible tells us ” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble,whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Fixing our minds on what these scriptures ask us to focus on will bring us peace. Therefore the opposite of that would be that thinking on unholy things will bring unrest. No one is promoting that we wear blinders or rose colored glasses to view the world. There is good and bad in the world. Maybe we can focus more on the good.
February 21, 2012