Looper: Thoughts on the Past and the Future

Posted: September 28, 2012 by Josh Kwasny in Action, Drama, Thriller
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I love the Back to the Future film series. Ever since I first witnessed Michael J. Fox jump head first into a DeLorean (check out a great tribute to the 80s here), time travel has intrigued me. Yes, I know that many of you have given up on the concept of time travel because of the way that LOST ended…but I ask you to press on. Time traveling stories are here to stay (until we travel back in time and change that).

Today, the newest time travel thriller, Looper, hits theaters. It looks like a mind-bending, action-packed, hit…but time will tell (okay, that was bad).

As I watched the trailer (below) and perused the internet info on this new film, I was intrigued all the more. The tag line for Looper is this: “Face your future. Fight your past.” At first glance, this is merely a good synopsis of the film plot – guy from the past fights his future self in the present. Of course, a good tag lines hints at more. I can’t wait to see what writer/director Rian Johnson has in store.

The tag line got me thinking. The past and future can be frightening and exciting at the same time. Some people spend their lives trying to forget the past while others want to relive the “glory days.” For some the future is “bright,” but for others, the unknown produces anxiety.

Isn’t this one of the reasons why time travel is so intriguing? If it were possible, the ability to travel through time would allow us to retain a level of control. We could go back and clean up our past or head in to the future to check our progress. Sound nice, doesn’t it? Maybe? If the many stories about time travel are any indicator, I am guessing that it would be a train wreck.

There is good news for those who belong to Jesus Christ…We need not fear these things! We need not grasp at new technologies to fix our past lives or prevent future problems from happening. We have been saved by a eternal, sovereign God who created the world and “inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15). While he is not confined to time and space, he is not distant. He has also entered into relationship with humanity in the person of Jesus Christ – fully God and fully man (Colossians 1:15-20).

Jesus Christ has fought our past, present and future sin by taking our place on the cross (Colossians 1:21-23). In his death and resurrection he has made the way for us to face our future with confidence. You see, in Christ there is no need for time travel. We do not need to worry about the past or fret the future. Christians know how the story ends…and this “spoiler” is awesome!

[18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. [19] For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. [20] For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope [21] that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. [22] For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. [23] And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. [24] For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? [25] But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
[26] Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. [27] And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. [28] And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. [29] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. [30] And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

(Romans 8:18-30 ESV)

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