It has been a remarkable success story. Stieg Larsson is the Swedish author of a trilogy of  thrillers that became best-sellers all over the world.  The book series was translated into many languages, adapted into movies in Sweden and now we have the release of the American-made version of the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Also known as the Millennium trilogy, the books (and movies) tell the story of Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a genius ill-adjusted to society, her troubles, past and present; and the adventures of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig). That is the core of the story, yet a lot happens around it.

The amazing visual is fruit of the creative genius of David Fincher, creator of gems like The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Se7en, and more.

I anticipate, better, I know for sure that the movie will depict strong sexual content, with sexual crime included. It will be explicitly violent.  That is part of what happens in the center of the story and has to do with everything that happens in the series. Tomorrow we will deal with hatred and mistreatment of women and what the Bible has to say about it. Now is the time that I warn you to exercise caution in order to decide if you will watch it or not.

One of the main themes of the story is that of finding out what happened in the dark past; in this case, it is the mysterious disappearance of a girl. As always, there are many people who are opposed to any probing into the past; secrets may come out, shame and fear guide actions.

How should we deal with dark deeds of the past? Recently in my country, Brazil, there has been public debate about the release of secret government documents bringing to light what the dictatorship did in the 60s and 70s. Many claim that what is past is better left in the past. Many are scared to death that their crimes during the time of the dictatorial regime will come to light and they will be punished. Many want truth to come to light, as a form of avenging the dead and the tortured ones.

When dealing with the errors and sins of our own past and the ones around us, we should be careful. There really is no need to come to your pastor and confess all your sins; you have the need of only one high priest, our lord Jesus Christ. There are, however, sins that need to be confessed and forgiveness sought from the offended part.

When we confront the past we can better understand how wicked man really is, how depraved, how desperately in need of a savior.

In fact, Jesus himself said that all that is concealed will come to light (Luke 12:2,3; 8:17). This means that all deeds will be made clear for the whole universe to see, whether the police, the CIA, or Lisbeth Salander uncovered them or not. The judge of the world sees it all. My dark deeds will come to light; but I need not fear this coming judgment. The blood of the judge himself atones for all my sins; each one of them is covered. Hallelujah.


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