Growing up, between my middle school and high school era my favorite films to watch were suspense. Now we all know that suspense films often begin with maybe 5 to 6 good people and 1 bad person who will be hunting down the 5 to 6 good people. We would often be brought into the movie by introducing the cast of 5 to 6 good people. Normally, you would have a geek, a high school drama queen, a high school quarterback, a depressed woman, and a preppy guy. How these people are friends we have no clue. But they tend to go on a voyage or a trip to an unknown destination with a revealed purpose.
However, the bad guy is coming for them. And as I am sitting on the edge of my seat watching this film I cannot help but to rouse with emotion. Pretty soon, my lap is filled with spilled coke and the living room floor is covered with popcorn that was left uneaten from the disappointment I am facing. You see the good people being placed in different areas where they are alone by themself and you know that the intruder will be coming for them. It seems that while I am watching that no matter how loud I scream for the good person to watch out, they never hear me and they soon are goners.
Complete and utter disappointment as it becomes so obvious to me that they are in danger. There is an enemy (for whatever reason) after them and they remain unaware of the situation. As I sit back and watch as person after person is hunted down, I soon realize that the hope is dwindling for any to make it out alive. They need to stick together or else they will all have suffered the same fate as the ones before them. Whatever their reasoning for being separated from each other is still a puzzle in my head. The answers I had for living were of no use to them because they did not see it my way.
It’s easy to point out why someone is headed toward destruction. It is a different matter however to assist them. We were at the beginning introduced to 6 seemingly good and fair people. But toward the end it seems that survival is of no option to them. They all had cell phones and it seemed perfectly clear that all they had to do was dial a number for help, but often when they did it was already too late.
Why is it that we become so entangled in movies like this?
It becomes so evident that we know exactly what to do in these situations but yet no one follows them.
2 Corinthians 4:4-6 tells us “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
The 5 to 6 seemingly fair people seemed to not have anything in common socially, they all had one idea that they hung onto. They had all been unaware of the situation they were facing. They had no answer as to how to remain alive. They all separated and thus became vulnerable toward the enemy’s attack.
Paul in this letter is addressing the church in Corinth regarding the god of this age blinding minds of unbelievers. The god of this age is Satan. As I watched this suspense unfold, I realized I knew what it took to remain alive, However this was not the case for the unbelievers. I could become as emotional as I wanted regarding how the characters would all fall into the enemy’s trap, but it seemed of no use.
God designed us believers to be carriers of the light of the gospel so that the darkness could be shown. If there was any hope for the people in the suspense movie, it would be found in remaining together, calling for help, or remaining in the light.
However, these all seemed to be factors that the characters did not turn to. Most of the time, it was too late to turn to one of those factors. We become so entangled in these movies because we see that there is a problem, and we can shout as loud as we want to, but nothing will change the effect of the television screen.
But how about right now? Right now, there are millions living in darkness not knowing how to flip the light on or even to call on the Lord for help. How can they turn to someone whom they have not heard?
We are living lights of the gospel to a dying generation. What we do now will have a lasting impact on the world around us. While we are comfortable within the confines of spilled coke and popcorn on the floor there are those who are searching for truth.
It’s decision time.
In the bible, it tells us to let our lights shine before men that they may see the good works and glorify our God which is in Heaven. How can we be silent? How can we not be moved by those who are looking for what we have found?
However arrogant or unaware we want to act, there is a battle taking place that is even greater than the suspense movie. As I am spilling my coke, I should really be spilling my heart. As I am screaming at the top of my lungs for the character to just realize the outcome of their action or lack of action, I begin to think why am I only moved here?
This scene has little consequence toward our bodies. However, the scene in eternity is much more vast and so much more real. The ideas I see in front of me on the television screen ends a life, but how much more should I desire to see a spiritual life survive.
Three keys that I want to bring out:
1. Call for Help- This sometimes seems like the last response for the good people involved, but is the most life changing. However, this needs to be done immediately, or it may be too late
2. Turn the Light on- When we have limited capacity to see, we often become entangled and lost in the dark
3. Stick with your good friends- Seek people that love God and want to be more like Him. By doing this, you become accountable toward others and will have fellowship that will keep you on the right track