After Easter is past a Christian is faced with a long wait until the next high holy day. Oh, of course there is Ascension and Pentecost but days of “obligation” seem a bit pedantic in a world of reason and economics. These days pass often without notice. Creeping secularism invades even the most faithful of families. However, there is a little movie out called “Heaven is for Real” that may attract an audience and remind us of the power of the resurrection and perhaps cause people to think about their eternal view of life. We have seen what the Bible has done on TV lately. People are definitely spiritual, they are less and less affliated.
Of the movie, one reviewer wrote:
“I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t expecting much. The result could have been awful, a preachy mess. The fact that it isn’t—in fact, a lot of it is awfully satisfying—is a testament to the good taste and storytelling skills of Randall Wallace, the director who shepherded this best-selling book from the page to the screen. Wallace knows his way around big stories with inspirational themes; he wrote “Braveheart” and directed “We Were Soldiers” and “Secretariat.” He has given this true-life story of four-year-old Colton Burpo’s journey to heaven something remarkable: he’s made the implausible plausible, and transformed what might have been a treacly Lifetime melodrama into an altogether engaging and even inspiring tale of resilience, struggle, community and faith.”
So go to the movies and see something that will inspire and uplift you during these post-Easter doldrums. Like athletes, Christians, I believe, are made in the “off season.” What you do with the in-between times matters a great deal. C & E Christianity isn’t the same as being a Christ follower. Where Christianity has often turned into a social invention to ease worry about the afterlife – Christ followers get down and dirty with washing feet in a world of hurting people. They gather on Sundays, Saturdays, or even mid-week so they can go into the world. “He is risen,” rings out, not perhaps with shouts but with each Sonrise comes the opportunity to live the faith by taking up our cross or helping someone else to carry their cross.
Vol 4 #35