So I am watching this movie again and I have a few thoughts:
I watched this a whole bunch as a child. It must have been on HBO or something, but I know I watched it quite a few times
Watching it again I can’t believe I am not warped even more than I am from watching this thing. It is pretty dark.
In the first 3 minutes a witch like sucks the baby out of a woman by magic and makes it go into the belly of a cow, and people keep watching this movie.
How cool would it be to have the little ferret people as friends!
I have to admit I probably cried the first time I saw one of them die (come to think of it, I don’t remember half of the really weird stuff in this movie, but I do remember that the little ferret dying made an impression on me.)
People living in a post Lord of the Rings movie trilogy world don’t understand what it was like for fantasy fans back in the day. Fantasy movies were dark, cheap, and weird.
There are weird bat people in this movie who clean people of everything but their bones in this thing!
I guess that is all of my thoughts for now. If you haven’t seen Beastmaster it is probably best that you avoid it, but if you have seen it take the time to check it out again. You will enjoy remembering how delightfully terrible it really is.
In the middle of this crazy political world I want to challenge you with these words. Eternal Lives Matter. If you are a Christian what should matter to you most is not who wins an argument or who is president or what laws are being passed or who is calling who what names. What should matter to you most is the fact that after this life there is an eternity and what matters most is telling people how they can have eternal life with Jesus. In Corinthians Paul says this:
Although I am a free man and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law —to win those under the law. 21 To those who are without that law, like one without the law—not being without God’s law but within Christ’s law—to win those without the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. 23 Now I do all this because of the gospel, so I may become a partner in its benefits.
1 Cornithians 9:19-23
Paul became all things to all people so that by any possible means he might win some. Paul was willing to do whatever it took to tell people about Jesus.
As we walk through our online life it is important to remember that eternal lives matter. That the people who are sitting around you today are people who need to know Jesus and you are sitting where you are because God has a plan for you to share Jesus with them.
Romans 13 says that the night is nearly over and that the day (or Jesus’ return) is coming soon.
For you this means that the night is nearly over and you are going to see Jesus, but for your friends who don’t know him they night is nearly over and then judgement is coming.
So as you live your day today remember that eternal lives matter and so ask yourself if they actions you are doing and the choices you are making are pushing people away from God or drawing them closer to him.
The State Department released their International Religious Freedom Report to document the state of religious freedom around the world. There is some pretty haunting stuff in there about abuses of governments because of religion. There are still countries where blasphemy can result in the death penalty and that is from official governments. When I look at the level of atrocities that happen around the world it me thankful for the freedoms we have here in America.
But, as I have spoken before those freedoms are under attack, not just from people who oppose Christianity, but from Christians who would oppose other religions and try to use government intervention to accomplish their purposes. Probably the scariest quote for me from the report is this quote about registration:
[quote]Around the world, governments continued to tighten their regulatory grip on religious groups, and particularly on minority religious groups and religions which are viewed as not traditional to that specific country. Researchers Roger Finke and Dane Mataic of Penn State University found that the number of countries that require some sort of registration has increased significantly over the last two decades, to nearly 90 percent of all countries.[/quote]
The reason this is scary to me is that as a nation we aren’t far from requiring people to register their religion. When political candidates (and a large population of my Facebook friends) feel that banning Muslims from entering the country is a good idea it isn’t a large leap to want to know who all of the Muslims are who are already here.
The problem with that is that once you begin registering people based on their religion you can then specifically target and discriminate against people because of their religion.
Religious freedom is something that our country takes pride in, it is a founding principle and as such we should fight hard that it is a principle that applies to all people who dwell here. If not we may wake up one day and find that what we thought we had has been taken away all because we tried to silence people who weren’t like us.
There is this place in the movie Rounders where Worm is in lots of debt so Mike goes with him to talk to the guy who loaned him the money. Before they go in Mike says “let me do the talking” and throughout most of the conversation things are going well. They have the dude (I think his name is Gramma or something like that) ready to give Worm some grace and then Gramma begins to goad Worm. He looks at Worm and tries to make him mad.
And you know what it works.
Worm can’t handle the words and tries to start a fight. So Mike has to step in and stop Worm from getting beat up and eventually Mike has to vouch for Worm with the wonderful line “The it’s on me too” which means that Mike has to pay off Worm’s debts. When they leave Mike is frustrated and says something like, “all you had to do was keep your mouth shut.”
When it comes to this election I really feel like republicans are Mike and Donald Trump is Worm. Yesterday he comes out with some actual conservative ideals and a concrete plan and people are like, “Hey, maybe we can get behind this guy!” And then the news story today is Trump telling people that if Hillary gets elected maybe some pro second amendment people would know how to handle that situation. Even if it is a joke you can just hear the collective groan from republicans everywhere thinking “all you had to do was keep your mouth shut!”
Engaging in the political discussion and taking advantage of our privileged to vote is important for Christians. We need to add our voice to the discussion and since as Christians we know God who is the ultimate answer to the problems we face as people and as a nation we should be involved in public life.
But it is no secret that this year’s political climate has gotten a bit…well…to put it bluntly, nasty. While this isn’t a new thing, it is a new thing for me as a father. For the first time my son is listening to the news and I find myself needing to talk to him about what he is hearing and seeing.
I have to admit I would rather have “the talk” than try to explain what is happening in the presidential race this year. You see, I have a goal with him that goes beyond simply trying to get him on my side about who to vote for. I want to help him to grow up to be a person who can be a voice of reason and change so maybe the political discourse that his children see will be different.
Here are my goals:
Teach my children that God has ordained governments.
Since they are God ordained instruments governments and public officials should be respected.
While respecting the laws and governments in place we must remember that we always have a higher law to follow and that is the laws of God.
We must remember that this world is not our home and that while we will work to make our country great, ultimately our goal is to bring God glory.
We must remember that our mission is to take the love of Christ to the world. Our mission is to make disciples and to reach out with the love of Christ. We must be sure that what we say and do in defense of our political ideals will not interfere with our ultimate mission.
We disagree with ideas and actions, not with people.
We will listen to what others have to say even if we are opposed to their opinions.
Governments require compromise. When people get more concerned about winning than they do helping others they create a culture of fighting and stagnation. In order to move forward we must be willing to listen, compromise, and adapt.
On a personal note I also want to teach my children than if you are going to argue against someone make sure that you are at least arguing against facts and not false half arguments. For instance I get frustrated when I hear Christians arguing that they didn’t evolve from monkeys. No one is arguing that you evolved from a monkey. People say that you and that monkey have a common ancestor. That is different. When you make an assumption and then argue against the assumption your argument loses weight. Be truthful if you want to create a bigger impact.
If you would like some ideas on how to talk to your kids about politics. Here is a really good aritical.