THIS IS WHAT WE DID
THIS IS WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT
Our Current Series: Keep it Short
This winter we're doing a series based around award-winning short films. Each week we will watch a different short film and then talk about a theological principle related to the movie. Of course movies are more fun with popcorn, candy, and something to drink, so each week we will have some small refreshments to enjoy during the movie with a "candy of the week." Do you have a favorite movie theater candy? Email us to put in your request.
THIS WEEK'S FILM & DISCUSSION: Cargo
This week's film was called Cargo and is a film set in a dystopian, zombie future. Dystopian stories have been really popular, especially over the last couple of years. Movies like Planet of the Apes, Terminator, The Hunger Games, The Book of Eli, The Maze Runner, Divergent, and others have dominated the box office and TV shows like The Walking Dead and 12 Monkeys have taken over the small screen. What is our fascination with dystopian stories? We discussed some possible theories before watching our short film of the week.
After watching the film we looked at Jeremiah 1:4-10. Jeremiah was a prophet of God that was called to serve during a distressing time in Israel's history. Jeremiah lived during a time when Israel and Judah had moved away from God and there was some reform trying to bring them back to being God's people. Ultimately the reform fails, Jerusalem is destroyed, and Jews are taken away to a foreign land in the Babylonian exile.
Despite how bleak things look for Jeremiah we are given this incredible insight into his preparation for ministry in Jeremiah 1:4-10. God stands with Jeremiah and prepares him for the road ahead. In verse 5 it says, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." it continues in verse 8 "...Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you..." Even in a time of great turmoil for God's chosen people, someone is called to be there. Even when no one wants to follow God, someone is called and protected to be the voice of God in this dystopian place. Notice that it does not say that Jeremiah was called to be the prophet to Israel or Judah, but that he was called to be a prophet to the nations. In this troubling time, God sends his messenger to be a message of hope to all people. Even in the chaos and calamity of the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile to Babylon, God is there, watching over his people, and continuing to call them to relationship with him.
CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION AT HOME
- There are a lot of stories in the Bible where God calls individuals to lead a resistance against a dystopian society. As a family, how many can you think of?
- Even in recent history we see examples of great chaos and destruction (genocides in the Sudan, Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia, and others). Why does God keep caring, and keep calling people to rise against such dystopian societies?
- How do you feel about the future of humanity?
- How do you feel about your own future? Where does God fit in your future, and what role does he play?