So we just finished up the “@ the movies” series at actionchurch and we “found” truth about God is some pretty unlikely places. Together we watched a great cinematic picture of redemption in the film “Seven Pounds”. We learned that about absolute truth from an animated Dr. Suess flick. We got a little insight into how to love and “deal with” difficult people from “Marley and Me” and a little bit more about what God our Father is REALLY like from “Taken”.
One thing that people ask when we do a series like “@ the movies” is “Where do you find your ‘illustrations'”? Is there a website or service that you get your sermon ideas and movie clips from? Where do you get your “take” on each movie? The answer is No…we don’t get the sermons/illustrations from anywhere…lots of other churches do “Movie series”,,, and a we do get LOTS of inspiration from other great churches and websites(translation-we’ll “steal” any good Idea that’s not nailed down :-) )……but our “take” on each movie we screen is “home grown”.
So is it any great “feat” to find a spiritual truth in a blockbuster movie? Is it some great “talent” to illustrate God’s character and goodness with a song, movie, tv show…or any other aspect of our popular culture? No…not so much. They’re everywhere. God didn’t just create “christian” artists, or “christian” movies, or “christian” culture for that manner. God created everyone and everything.
God created all the building blocks of art and culture. Tone. Sound. Love. Conflict. Light. Darkness… Just to name a few. So it’s no wonder that if you look you can see examples of God’s character everywhere. The difficulty is not finding examples of God’s character and plan that line up with ancient scripture. The difficulty is looking outside the “box” that religion has constructed to try to “contain” God. God “exists” outside of the church building, christian college, and religious bookstore. He created everything. He’s everywhere. It’s up to us to see him…