I went to see the new Will Smith movie tonight and all I can say is, "WOW!" I haven’t felt this good about a movie in a long time. The story is powerful and the actors and movie do their best not to get in the way of that. The scenes that you have seen in the trailer are all there and of course they deliver, but in a rare twist they actually go deeper when you see them in the context of the movie.
I don’t really want to dig into things much because I want you guys to get a chance just to walk in a feel the movie like I did. But after I left there were a couple of things that I noticed. 1) I wanted to get home immediately and see my son. and 2) The movie did a lot to help me see homelessness in a different way. Sure there are people who are on the streets who are drunks or druggies. There are people who are scam artists who are out to get what they can with as little work as possible. But there are also those people who have made one mistake or who caught a bad break at just the right time and are stuck. The thing is, once you are on the street the deck is so stacked against you that it is hard to get things moving right again.
And speaking of that: If you aren’t a regular reader of Today at the Mission you should be. Rhymes with Kerouac does a great job of presenting a real picture of a life spent serving the poor and the hungry. I kept thinking about him and his stories as I watched through this movie.
Movie Sermon Ideas: This movie really speaks to believing and persevering even in the face of opposition. I actually got sucked into the story and didn’t look for great teaching moments, but SermonSpice has some clips available for download. If you check them out be sure to look at the "Drowning" clip. Christopher tells the old joke where a man is drowning and a boat comes by and he says he doesn’t need help because God will save him. The illustration is old, but the kid is too cute telling it so this clip would make it memorable again.