Box office preaching.

Frozen_castposter“There is no other way to defeat evil and sin than with the love that moves one to give the gift of his life for others.”
– Pope Francis

The majority of the top grossing movies of 2013 have a similar theme.  Sacrifice.  Hmmm.  Glad we all agree this is a nice idea to draw attention to.  From Hunger Games to Frozen, sacrifice comes in the form of the will of others before our own.  It is a discipline.  It is a conscious decision.  It is unpopular?

Not so fast.  Sacrifice is extremely popular.  In our majestic self-serving world we still find a great deal of common ground in conversations about movies whereupon the hero lays down their life for the other.  Confused?  Me too.

Sacrifice as a verb gained its esteem in the 14th century and was taken to mean, surrender, give up, suffer to be lost.  The word, of course, is rooted in the term sacred.

Let’s get this straight…it is profitable right now to tell stories about giving up one’s life for others in a way that is self-denying and generally leads to personal suffering.  How is evangelization not exploding on the scene in the midst of this?  Is our personal spirituality seeing a boost?  Have I been to the movies in a while?

Friends, I hope this comes as a challenge to you.  I hope that the needed push to articulate THE story of THE man who sacrificed everything for us is in your heart.  You know what is great?  The narrative of sacrificial giving is so popular right now that it should actually be easy to engage a healthy conversation about our king.

This conversation may seem like a “Jesus Juke” (thank you John Acuff), but really it is nothing more than putting the valued logic of human culture to work for the spreading of the kingdom.

Ask yourself, “Do I get the connection between sacrifice and redemption?”  “Am I in awe of the giving of one’s own life for others?”  “How does this motivate my spirituality?”

I am glad that “sacrifice” gained over 8 Billion dollars this year.  Good for film.  I am happier that such an enormously challenging topic has found its way into the hearts of many.  It is the job of the disciple to seize the moment and stir the fire.

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