I bet those are words some never thought would come from my mouth. Especially after my post about wasting time (see “The Number of Our Days”). I can’t even remember the last time I entered a movie theater. But something is happening this weekend that will cause me, for a few hours, to enter that dark place once again – something I am incredibly excited about. And something that I want you to support as well.
From the creator’s of Fireproof comes a movie called Courageous, a movie about four police officers and their friend. It’s all about what it means to be a man – not just any man – but what it means to be a dad. There is a great lack of Biblical masculinity in our culture today. Most of the pop-culture examples of fatherhood come from shows or movies like The Simpsons or Family Guy – dads who are inept idiots without any moral compass or common sense. Not only that, but you’ve also got a great number of work-aholic dads, sport-aholic dads, or distant fathers in general. Then add on the non-existent dad, or, worse, the abusive father. Too many children in this generation have missed out on their dads.
But are dads really that important?
Simply do a Google search on “How important are fathers?” and you’ll be inundated with articles on the subject. On a purely materialistic level, kids with even just decent fathers do better in school, avoid criminal activities, have better self-esteem, and much more. On a spiritual level, I think the role of a godly father is priceless in the soul development of a child, especially boys. Young boys are always looking for Dad’s approval, and in some respect, he will be their role model. What Dad does, the boy will likely end up doing too.
I believe the chief responsibility to raise godly children rests upon the father’s shoulders. Not to diminish the place of the mother, for hers is a key position as well. Yet the man is supposed to be the head of the home. He is supposed to lead his family in prayer and devotion to God.
And above all, if you are a believer in Christ, and are in Him, consider for a moment your Heavenly Father, God, the only Perfect Father. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:14-15). Once the children of darkness, in bonds and chains to our sin, our Kinsman-Redeemer, Christ the Son, came and bought us with His very blood. Sealed with the Holy Spirit, we are now the beloved sons and daughters of the King of Kings. In Christ, we may, if I may say so, come and sit in the lap of our Abba, and rest our head upon His breast. Do you love your Father in heaven? When last did you speak with Him? He desires to commune with you. He looks upon you as His child, not as a thing to be cast away. He is not like unto any earthly father, who, whether good, bad, or devilish, is rife with imperfections. He is the Perfect Father. Allow Him to love you. Allow Him to chastise you, if need be. Yet do not tarry any longer where you are, if your heart remains far. Go, run to Him, all the way crying, “Abba! Father!”
To say the least, I’m very excited about this movie, Courageous. If you can, go see it this weekend, Friday or Saturday. Opening weekend is considered the most important weekend for a movie. It determines how long it will stay in the theaters and how well it did in the public eye. Support it if you can.
For more information about the movie, check out:
For the Director/ Writer/ Actor Alex Kendrick’s testimony, check this out:
May God bless you mightily!