Archive for March, 2013

Yesterday, I asked a few questions about Tyler Perry’s Temptation.  One concerned how this film might reflect the “forbidden women” in Proverbs 5.  I thought it might be helpful to spend a bit more time considering this biblical text.

In order to keep this post to a workable length, I will not include the entire chapter.  Consider reading it a moment before finishing the post.

Captain Obvious Alert: The forbidden woman is a dude named Harley in this film.

As I watched the trailer for Temptation, I was struck by a few things…

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1. Temptation is often delivered with sweet words.

“For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil…” (Proverbs 5:3, ESV)

Harley’s appeal is far more than his good looks and six-pack.  He uses kind words and flattery.  Notice how he “cares for her” by questioning her decision to marry her first love. “You have nothing to compare it too?”  Harley sweetly plants doubt in her heart. Does this sound like anyone else you know?  Satan? (you need to hear that in the voice of SNL’s Church Lady)

I love that the movie poster includes the snake and apple.  Harley’s smooth ways originate with the master deceiver, Satan.  Temptation to sin often comes to us in the same manner that led our first parents to fall.  A little doubt – delivered with sweet speech – can have tragically great effect.

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2. Giving in to temptation has grave consequences.

“…but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol…” (Proverbs 5:4-5, ESV)

Although we only get a glimpse of it in the trailer, things don’t seem to go so well for Judith as a result of giving in to Harley’s pursuit.  I hope that Tyler Perry’s version reflects the truth of the Scripture.  Death is at the end of this road.  Adultery reeks havoc on individuals, families, and communities.

Although there can be wonderful stories of repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation after adultery, there are often scars that remain.  “Wormwood” (Prov 5:4) is a bitter tasting plant that leaves its mark on the tastebuds.

marriage-counselor023. The path to satisfaction is found in pursuing your own spouse.

15 Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well…18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, 19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. (Proverbs 5:15-19, ESV)

Temptation to sin (especially in the area of marital unfaithfulness) is particularly appealing when selfishness abounds.  Instead of asking how to serve your spouse, you start asking what he or she has done for you lately.

When we look inward, it is easy to become the victim and dwell on the ways our spouse fails us.  When my eyes are on me – I am in a dangerous place.

Proverbs 5:15-19 encourages us to pursue marital happiness by enjoying the one God has given us.  It is amazing the difference in a relationship when each spouse makes it their goal to serve the other.  Paul puts it this way:

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus… (Philippians 2:3-5, ESV)

May God grant the strength to resist temptation when it comes.

It’s Thursday again! Time for some questions and comments to take with you to the theater…

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G.I Joe: Retaliation – “The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence” (IMDB.com).

1. Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson (I prefer “The Rock”), and all the CGI you can handle. One question…who isn’t gonna see this? Maybe your grandma? Unless she’s awesome!

2. As with all “good vs. evil” films, how will G.I. Joe: Retaliation depict good and evil? Is it black and white? How much gray is there?

3. Action films like this bring up questions of violence. How is violence depicted? Is it only used when necessary?

4. Is knowing really half the battle?

MV5BMjMwNDg1MTAzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk5ODI3OA@@._V1_SX214_The Host – “When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world” (IMDB.com).

1. “Love conquers all” is a key theme in this story. What kind of love does Stephenie Meyer think conquers all?

2. “Choose to Believe. Choose to Fight. Choose to Love.” The power of the human will (individual choice) seems to be highlighted in this story. What are we to think about that?

3. The battle between Melanie and the “Soul” (alien) invading her is an interesting concept. How is this similar and different than the Christian’s battle with his or her sin nature?

MV5BMTg3MzExNjU1N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzk0ODU5OA@@._V1_SX214_Tyler Perry’s Temptation – “An ambitious married woman’s temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life” (IMDB.com).

1. How does Judith’s temptation reflect the “forbidden woman” in Proverbs 5? (Obviously he’s is dude in this film.)

2. One of the tacts of the seducer is to question the fact that Judith has “only been with one man.” The idea of compatibility is a big deal today. Many believe that you need to “be with” a lot of people to be sure that you marry the right one. What do you think about this? What does this film have to say?

3. What does this film teach about commitment and the fidelity of marriage?

4. In the trailer we read, “Imagine if you could feel something more.” What is the role of “feelings” in a relationship? How important are our feelings??

The long-awaited G.I. Joe: Retaliation finally makes its way to theaters tomorrow.  The many fans of the excellent first film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, may scream “Yo Joe!” once again in the theaters.  The release of the second film, however, leaves us with a tough question, which one will be better?  What do you think? (I hope you picked up on the sarcastic tone throughout).

What do miserable men do about sin?

Posted: March 26, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Musical, Uncategorized
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I am simply building upon Josh’s excellent article about this excellent movie. Seriously. Read it first and then come back here. And yes, spoilers abound.

If you did as I said and read Josh’s post you know what the story is about. By now you know that pretty much everyone loved the movie; except folks who paid to see a musical and then were angry that there was too much… brace yourselves…music.

Let’s expand on the topic of sin and grace.

We all have the experience of mourning over our sins, of crying over our errors. The eternal difference will have to do with how we deal with such sorrow; if we treat it under the cross of Christ (repentance unto life) or if we dwell in the hopelessness of our condition (remorse that does not lead to life).

Jean Valjean received grace. He did not deserve it at all. He had been imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread and his penalty seems to us too much. Yet he is released and steals again. But the grace demonstrated to him changes him, slowly, but surely. That simple action of grace is enough to begin a chain of gracious actions and behaviors that set the pattern of the life of many. This same man at the end of his life is crying-praying-singing: “Forgive me all my trespasses and take me to your glory”

Contrast this with Javert.

He also receives back his life – he has grace shown to him. Yet, for him grace is a prison; he wants law, he thinks he can live by law alone. He sings :

“How can I now allow this man
To hold dominion over me?
This desperate man whom I have hunted
He gave me my life. He gave me freedom.
I should have perished by his hand
It was his right.
It was my right to die as well
Instead I live… but live in hell.”

And my thoughts fly apart
Can this man be believed?
Shall his sins be forgiven?
Shall his crimes be reprieved?

And must I now begin to doubt,
Who never doubted all these years?
My heart is stone and still it trembles
The world I have known is lost in shadow.
Is he from heaven or from hell?
And does he know
That granting me my life today
This man has killed me even so?”

These two guys remind me of Peter and Judas around the time of Christ’s prison.

Peter had promised, had sworn, had guaranteed that no way in hell he would betray Jesus. Jesus warned him, and still Peter denied knowing Jesus, and he cussed and sworn that he did not know the Nazarene when times got tough. In that moment he heard the rooster crow and Jesus met him with his eyes. The Bible tells us that Peter wept bitterly. Yet, Peter was restored; by Jesus’ loving look, but Jesus’ loving deeds and words of restoring his brother Peter and making him a rock of grace. And this transforming grace in Peter to this day blesses us in the reading and preaching of the New Testament.

Judas also betrayed Christ. He had been with him for a long time; he had seen the miracles, heard the sermons, perceived how Jesus lived and loved. And yet, he was dissatisfied with grace. He was angry with the wasteful grace of Mary Magdalene using the expensive perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet. Later he regretted his betrayal, went back to the leaders of the Jews and proclaimed that he had done wrong in betraying an innocent man. Yet, his tears before the grace of Christ do not lead to redemption like Peter, it leads to sadness, but then to suicide. Like Javert.

How will we react to grace? Will we choose to forsake our lives and hide in Christ? Or will we seek to save ourselves and ignore his call? Unless you see yourself as a sinner with no righteousness of your own, grace will always seem like a prison, and death will sound like an option.

But if you understand that there is hope, not in yourself, but in grace, then there is life, and life in abundance.

At the very end of the movie the triumphant characters sing:

“Do you hear the people sing?
Lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light
For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
They will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord
They will walk behind the ploughshed, the will put away the sword.”

There is a way of salvation for wretched, miseable men

Snapshots

Posted: March 25, 2013 by jperritt in Snapshots
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snap·shot – a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.

Every Monday we hope to provide our readers with snapshots of films being released for the upcoming weekend. This will be a brief summary of films that will assist our readers in the area of discernment. Instead of searching other sites and reading lengthy articles, it’s our hope to provide a concise list of all the films of the weekend in one consolidated post. If you wonder why we don’t list the MPAA ratings, please click here.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation – The G.I. Joes must fight against Cobra and their government in this sequel that ruined another one of the toys I grew up with. Genre – action, adventure; content – violence, sensuality, language.

The Host – Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the Twilight Saga, production companies have made Stephenie Meyer’s alien-love-story novel into a movie. Genre – sci-fi, romance, drama; content – some sensuality and violence.

Temptation – Apparently Tyler Perry got tired of dressing up like women and decided to write a screenplay that’s about an under-appreciated woman falling for a billionaire playboy. Genre – drama, romance; content – violence, sexuality, and drug content.

Breaking Spring part 2

Posted: March 22, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Uncategorized
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Yesterday we began considering the pervasive Spring Break Culture: a time to enjoy life like there is no tomorrow. We examined some of the common reasons to avoid going CRAZY for a few days, and really none of them make the cut if our life is all that there is.

In Kevin DeYoung’s excellent little book “The Hole in our Holiness”, he considers many of the difficulties and objections we have against holiness. Proverbially, we perpetuate the error of sinning plentifully so that grace will be more abundant.

Is it legalistic to talk about personal holiness? To say that you should not be overcome by drunkenness, that drugs should not be on your plate, that free sex is simply plain wrong? Is it not going against a Gospel of grace? Should we not be proclaiming that we can join Vanessa, Selena and Franco, eat drink, be merry and still go to heaven?
Let’s think biblically:

1. Nobody in the whole world will ever be saved by being good or avoiding spring break. This may save you from diseases, heartbreak and heartburn, but not from hell.

2. Salvation is fully from grace, through faith in the work of Jesus Christ – he has paid it all in the cross so that partying people like us can be saved from God’s wrath and from our own foolishness.

3. He saves us to adopt us in his family – this truth is so precious and yet so underappreciated in our churches. I recommend heartily Russell Moore’s book Adopted for life. The idea for us here is that the goal of adoption is to cause us to be more like Christ by uniting us to him and causing us to, beginning in this very life, be similar to him.

4. This adoption causes us to imitate in love our older brother Jesus Christ

5. That is what he saved us for: holiness. Think, for example, about the famous passage of the Great Commission in Mt 28:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Do you see in this passage Jesus saying that the mission of the church has to do with teaching people to obey what he commands? Good news of salvation from sin means good news of God adopting us and making us more like the family.

6. It is a common thing to hear people say: “Christianity is not about a set of rules and commandments, but about a relationship” Hmmm…this is only partially true. If I had a penny for every time I heard phrases such as this, I would not be rich , but I would at least have more cash for movies.

As we saw earlier, the Gospel is a set of news about what Jesus did for you. And yet, being brought into this relationship results in rules and commandments that serve to seal and protect the relationship (as DeYoung puts it). It would be very weird if your wife told you : “I love you so, so much that I can sleep around as much as I want. Our relationship is not about rules, only about love” What would think about that? In one occasion Jesus said “if you love me, keep my commandments” John 14:15.

The whole idea of divorcing behavior from love is what the apostle John is combating in his first letter. I call you to read it prayerfully. In it John explains how it is that those who are born again are necessarily called to live righteous lives; no, nobody will be sinless for now. But if we sin we have Christ to advocate for us. And yet, because we were adopted in his family,

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.” 1 John 3:4-10

The reason we do not Spring Break is ultimately not because it will give us AIDS or kill neurons. It is because we have been rescued from thinking that the delights of the world and the devil are better than imitating our brother Jesus Christ. From him springs life, and he breaks the power of sin.

Breaking Spring

Posted: March 21, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Uncategorized
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I was originally schedules to write about the Croods. That is past now. A more pressing issue (movie) came to my attention. My task has been changed to a much more serious discussion, one that involves the film Spring Breakers with teenager favorites Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. And James Franco.

I have not seen the movie, I confess. I have only seen the trailer. And I hesitate to put it in our website as I usually do. The movie seems to play with the idea of a group of girls doing the usual “let’s get naked and nuts for a week” and somehow they get in some sort of trouble and end up joining James Franco’s gang or something. I did not consider the trailer appropriate for our site, even though it technically does not show much. Even to find a poster that would suit us was a challenge, see below the only one I found. And even that…SpringBreakersPoster

“Come on Emilio, you? Preacher of grace? Brazilian and lover of all things beautiful! Going all prude now? Why so serious? I wanna watch the movie for the crime story behind it all!”

Right. Just like you read Playboy for the great interviews.

Spring break has become sort of an young American institution (no, we do not have it in Brazil). It is in some senses a preview of the Summer to come; but much more intense and taking place over the course of only a few days rather than a few weeks; therefore, party hard, time is a wasting. It has become sort of a parenthesis on normal life; a time when normal rules are suspended, when libido takes over and alcohol substitutes coca-cola as the normal fluid we take (some prefer water).

We hear warnings about going all nuts in Spring Break, and the movie seems to play with some of them. We are advised that the reason to stay home and catch up with the studies or perhaps do something more wholesome are:

– Be careful on Spring Break, you will get AIDS

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may lose all your money

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may lose your virginity

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may get pregnant

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may end up in jail

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may end up in Reno

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may be killed by a faceless maniac

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may end up in bed with a dude

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may max your credit card

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may do things that shall not be named

– Be careful on Spring Break or you may OD

Now, those are all good reason to avoid going crazy on Spring Break vacations. Nobody thinks that venereal diseases, debt or imprisonment are good things.  Yet, they do not quite convince us in and of themselves. Because, really, if this life is all that there is, let’s eat, and drink and be merry, as an apostle once said.  If there is nothing more than this life, than VDs are an acceptable price because of the things we gain in hard partying.

Why should I not become a crazy spring breaker then? It has to do with my older brother. I will tell you more tomorrow.

 

 

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I wrote briefly on the recently released movie “Jack the Giant Slayer,” before it was released, giving my initial thoughts on the blurbs and trailers. I did end up seeing it opening day and have a few thoughts to add and elaborate on. Warning: there will be heavy spoilers, but like I said in the previous article the title of the movie spoils the ending anyway so take it as you may.

In my previous post –and by sheer prescience (ha)– I predicted that Jack would slay his giant in the end and win the day. Sure enough that’s what happened. On this rare occasion I actually hoped that Hollywood would deviate from the fairytale story(ies) and spice things up a bit. The story ultimately stayed pretty straight forward and predictable. It certainly wasn’t a failed movie, but it wasn’t excellent either; just a normal slice of theatrical pie you’ll forget about a few days later after it’s passed through the system. On the movies way through my system there were a few things that stuck out.

The first two things were the movie’s presented roles of its young man and young woman. The movie’s central character is Jack, played by the up-and-coming Nicholas Hoult. He’s a country farmhand who lives with his begrudging uncle. The boy lives in fairytales and jumps from one haphazard victory to another. He is awarded the title and badge of “Guardian” by one of the Kings elite bodyguards (played by Ewan McGregor; one of the movies redeeming qualities). The bequeathing of this great honor seems superficial however, since Jack’s heroic acts are a jumbled pile of dumb luck with a dash of courage. He’s unskilled and not especially bright; he’s just a warm body (haha…) that kind of likes a girl and throws himself into danger.

If you read my first post I encouraged us to be watching this movie to see where Jack gets his ‘power’ from: his ability to kill the giant. Biblically, in stories like David and Goliath, we see that giant-killing power comes from God himself and is attributed as such. In this movie, there was no real power anywhere, just happenstance, circumstance, and luck. Jack only beat the giant because he coincidentally, and with no clear purpose, saved one of the magic beans at the beginning. This just seems to me like a slightly better deus ex machina. There was actually a somewhat positive (albeit non-specific) mention of God in the movie, but in no way was He attributed with the events of the story or called upon for help or salvation. So what was Jack’s source of giant slaying power? How did he do it? With a little bit o’ bloomin’ luck. I suppose, in the end, I prefer that over the typical ‘you-just-need-to-look-within-yourself’ narrative.

Isabelle –the princess– is your typical young female royalty. Her hand has been given away in marriage; she wants to find love and commitment “In my own time;” and goes off on a free-spirited quest for adventure, bucking authority, which gets her into trouble, but works out in the end. Keep beating that drum Hollywood. Why fix what ain’t broke? *cough*

Upon reflection after the movie there were two other themes that stuck out. To preface, any story is good insofar as it resonates with the True Story: the Bible. I mentioned in my preliminarily post on Jack the Giant Slayer that the title of the movie gives away the ending. The movie is about how to get there. We aren’t wringing our hands thinking “How is this going to resolve itself?” We actually are given the answer even before watching: Jack’s gonna kill the giant. The tension is the in-between, not the resolution.  There’s a theological phrase called the ‘Now but not yet.” What it’s referring to is Jesus’ work on the cross. He dealt the final blow to Satan, sin, and death, and we’ve been given the ending to the story in Revelation: He’s going to come back, kick some butt, and take us to be with Him for eternity. So in a sense, victory is now because of the assurance we have through faith in Christ. But, we still struggle with temptation, Satan is still the prince of this world, and we still pray “Lord, tarry not.” So the present reality for us is, “Not yet.” It’s a tension we live in: we have assurance of victory but live before its finality, before Jesus returns. The movie overtly plays off this same tension which fascinates me.

The second thing that struck me was the seed. This was actually a very Biblical plot piece. A group of monks made these special seeds to grow into the heavens so they could climb up to where God lived. The plan backfired and they ended up releasing evil upon the land in the form of giants. This is the central plot of Scripture: man desires to be like God but the attempt results in evil. This was the temptation of the fruit in the garden of Eden. This was the temptation of the tower of Babel. In Jack the Giant Slayer, the problem –the seed– also turned out to be the solution: Jack used the seed to slay the giant king and win the crown. This is also the great twist of Scripture. The problem, our problem, is sin and death. We all sin and are deserving of death. Jesus came and became sin, then died. The solution to death was death. Then Jesus rose from the grave to defeat death and become our King so that we might participate in His new life. In the movie Jack came forward amidst the wreckage of the kingdom as the new king to send the giants back to never return. He defeated the evil threat and forged a new kingdom for everyone to live in. (“But Evan, what about the ending scene?” You say. Yes I know, but the movie wasn’t good enough to merit a sequel so the giants won’t come back).

In the end, I didn’t think the movie was the best. Is it worth seeing in theaters? I can give a resounding “Maybe!”  If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your money it may be worth waiting for a DVD rental. However there were some good themes that pleasantly surprised me. It is certainly is a mixed pot, but a much more tasteful one that most of the movies out there lately.

Snapshots

Posted: March 18, 2013 by jperritt in Snapshots
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snap·shot – a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.

Every Monday we hope to provide our readers with snapshots of films being released for the upcoming weekend. This will be a brief summary of films that will assist our readers in the area of discernment. Instead of searching other sites and reading lengthy articles, it’s our hope to provide a concise list of all the films of the weekend in one consolidated post. If you wonder why we don’t list the MPAA ratings, please click here.

Spring Breakers – A pimp bails four college girls out of jail to assist him with some dirty work.  Genre – comedy, drama; content – strong sexual content, nudity, drugs, language, and any other depravity associated with spring break.

Olympus Has Fallen – Follows the true story of that former President of the United States of America that was kidnapped and saved by a Presidential guard.  Genre – action, drama; content – strong violence and language throughout.

The Croods – A prehistoric family goes on a road trip.  Genre – comedy, animation, family; content – some scary action.

Love and Honor – A soldier leaves his fellow comrades to fight the Vietnam War in order to chase down the girlfriend that just dumped him (I’m not making this up…isn’t it romantic?). Genre – drama, romance; content – drug content, sexuality, language and brief violence.

Admission – “A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.” [IMDb] Genre – romance, comedy; content – sexual material and language.

The-Call-posterFor those of you who are regulars to this site, you know that we don’t always watch every film we discuss. We typically read a lot about them, watch the previews (which give away most of the film), and use some common sense because many films are just the same film remade. Instead of telling you what to think (like most movie review sites do) we try to steward your thinking, by highlight truths being communicated in the film. That being said, I haven’t seen The Call, but picked up on a couple of things while watching the previews.

The Call follows the story of 911 operator, Jordan Turner [Halle Berry], fighting to save the life of a kidnapped girl, Casey Welson [Abigail Breslin]. Years ago Turner received a call from a young woman stating an intruder was in her home. While the woman was hiding from the intruder the call was disconnected, and Turner called back only to reveal the hiding place of the young woman. Sadly, this mistake ended her life. This most recent kidnapping, however, has Jordan convinced that she is dealing with the same killer. Not only does she want to save Welson’s life, but stop a serial killer.

Two thoughts occurred to me while watching this trailer. First, I thought of Jordan Turner as a nobel hero. She is a 911 operator who typically works behind the scenes, but goes above-and-beyond her job description to save a life. From what I can tell, she places herself in harm’s way and seems to exude bravery and selfless love for another. This should be applauded.

Secondly, however, there was another thought I had about this movie. Let me say upfront that I don’t know if I could handle this film. Now that I have three children, films like these disturb me and the preview definitely did that. Knowing that the previous girl is killed because of Turner’s attempt to help, is a very disturbing thought. But, it is this mistake that plays into Turner’s drive to stop this man. In a sense, saving Casey Welson will help Turner (and the viewers) move on from the loss associated with the previous murder. However, should stopping this serial killer from killing Welson truly help Turner cope?

There’s no doubt it would help. It would get a killer off the streets, save the life of Casey Welson, but it would not bring the other girl back to life. Her life would still be lost and those who knew her would still be grieving, even with the sense of closure they now have.

You see, our culture has this notion of reparation deep in our core. We know if a wrong has occurred, something has to happen to make it right. We see this all the time with sports teams. If a death, tragedy or illness occurs to an individual on the team, the rest of the team promises a win to repair the sense of loss. Winning a game may boost the spirits of a team, but it typically want do too much long-term.

Although it is just a movie, The Call seems to communicate this idea to a greater degree. We have Jordan Turner striving to save Welson and stop the killer, to repair her previous mistake. It is up to her, to right the wrong that occurred. While she can do some right, she cannot repair the death that occurred. There has only been One person who was ever able to do that and his name was, and is, Jesus Christ.

Adam and Eve did all the wrong, all the sin, which spread to us. Each of us wrong God and each other every day of our lives. There is serious repair that needs to occur. The term most associate with this repair is ‘atonement’.  All the wrong – death, rape, murder, child molestation, kidnapping, hatred, lying, jealousy, and more – was atoned for all God’s children by Jesus Christ. Deep down we know wrong must be made right and Jesus righted all the wrong by his perfect life. Therefore, you don’t have to try to make things right, but rest in the arms of the One who atoned for it.