This first one is fiction, but see if you find it fits reality:
The other day my dear husband borrowed The Lorax movie from the library for us to watch. Very rarely do we let our kids watch anything before pre-screening it, so we spent a cozy evening watching after the kids were tucked in.
I wasn’t looking forward to it very much because we’d owned a copy of Dr. Suess’ book in my youth and I’d found the book rather depressing. As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised by the screen version. I especially liked their handling of the “bad guy” the Once-ler. Not only was he a well-fleshed out character, you really felt for him by the end.
Now, this is hardly a movie review blog, but something at the turning point of the movie pricked up my ears. The Once-ler was singing a song to excuse his wanton destruction of the trees and right in the middle, what should come up? Survival of the fittest. One of his foundational arguments was that he had the right to prove he was more “fit” to “survive” because of Darwin’s claim.
Of course, the consequences of his actions were horrible and all his excuses fell completely flat.
I was thrilled! Unlike Horton hears a Who where they took a wonderfully pro-life story and made it an anti-home-schooling and anti-bigot rant.
Personally, since we can’t have my 7 and 9 year old watch without the 4 year old seeing it too, we’re holding off on showing it to our own kids. But, for the slightly older set, this would be a great chance to talk about how conservation makes way more sense in God’s worldview than Evolution’s.
The truth is, it’s atheistic countries like the USSR and China that decimate their environments the worst. Of course, just because a nation claims to be Christian (as the USA used to), it doesn’t mean they suddenly don’t have greedy, selfish, Darwin-influenced people.
Links for this next story are strictly for the older crowd ready to read the Foxe’s book of Martyrs.
Then, on Sunday, we had the awesome experience of hearing my grandfather preach on his 90th birthday. His sermon was on how God gave because He loved, but his main example was thrilling.
Grandpa shared the account of Ernest Gordon in the Japanese prisoner of war camp during WWII. It wasn’t easy hearing the horrors of people being consciously goaded into living by the law of the jungle. If someone can still believe in the inherent goodness of the human soul after that, they don’t want to face reality.
What was wonderful was to hear how people in the middle of all that began practically living moment by moment according to Jesus’ law of love,using His power.
What you would have to get directly from the book is that Gordon and some others became true believers in Jesus. It wasn’t just a “mystic” experience (as one, graphically photographed, page claims) which helped him turn his life around. It was the power and love of our Creator and Redeemer.
When the rubber meets the road, when life throws its worst at us, God and His ways work. We do have to choose to believe what is invisible, but when we do, there is more than enough evidence to show the reality and faithfulness of the One who made and loves us.
Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life. Revelation 2:10
Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold youe with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10