Facing the Giants a favorite with readers
But I disagree strongly with the review of the film Facing the Giants. Admittedly, the film has a super Cinderella ending, and this perhaps seems a little hokey to the more intellectual mind. But I think of the biblical stories of Joseph, Job and others where things turned out super great for those who believed in God.
To me, the film brought out some very important biblical concepts as well. For one, the idea that if we do our best, we please and honor God, whether we win or lose. Acceptance of this principle will sustain Christians in victory or defeat.
Facing the Giants did have some theological flaws for certain, but what it didn’t do was profane the name of our Lord. Yes, it was a little predictable, but so are most movies. I know about 100 people that have seen the movie. Many would say that after they wiped away their tears and took their fists out of the air (“Go God!”), the left encouraged that, just maybe, all things really are possible with God. The writer makes amny good points, but the overall tone of the article seems to be too critical of a movie that attempts to glorify Christ, and way too forgiving of movies that have no such goal.
GRAND BLANC, MICH.
“Why we can celebrate who we are” in the February Chronicle (Page 3) expressed views with which many of us raised in the Church of Christ can identify. It wasn’t just about attending church services, but it was a cultural experience with like-minded friends and an exclusive fellowship that shaped our lives for all times. Going to church was as regular and natural as eating and every time the church doors were opened we were there. It was a loving, supportive fellowship with no surprises expected or wanted.
The Christian Chronicle is a welcome new window for me. I don’t agree with every viewpoint expressed, which is to be expected because more than one viewpoint is expressed. It is as if the maxim “In faith, unity; in opinion, liberty; in all things, charity” has been freed from the closet it was locked in around the third generation of the movement. No doubt you draw criticism for this openness, but I suspect many of those critics also secretly believe the one-talent man got a “bum rap.”
Your group is doing yeoman’s work. Maybe that’s not a scriptural compliment, but it is a suitable one. Thank you for such a wonderful resource.
SOUTH PITTSBURGH, TENN.
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