Anna’s Heart on God’s Love
and Forgiveness in Movies
While watching a movie recently entitled, ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Son‘, I was overwhelmed with the experience of God’s perfect love towards all of us, not just professed Christians. In this movie Kevin Sorbo, who plays the father is a pastor and he’s sharing his sadness over his son being gone and relates this to God’s love for all His creation.
God loves us no matter what we’ve done, no matter what we’ve said, even if we think we’ve committed the unpardonable sin. If you don’t believe that, research King Manasseh and King Nebuchadnezzar and the people of Ninevah. After both of those stories, you won’t think you’re the worst person in the world. If God can forgive Manasseh who shed much innocent blood, then He will forgive us too if we confess our sins and ask Him for forgiveness and give our lives to Him. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.
That is what is so amazing about God’s love. It’s unconditional and so unlike the love we experience here. Even though God must eventually destroy sin and sinners, He will still love every person He must destroy. Sin cannot live in God’s presence because He is so holy.
There is another TV series that really portrayed God’s love in an amazing way called, ‘Touched by an Angel‘. In every episode at least one of the angels tells someone that God loves them and it changes their lives. This series personally touched my life at a time when I wondered if God was still with me. I was given a dream and I had my own episode and at the end one of the angels told me 3x that God loved me. I woke up my husband telling him God loves me. It was one of the most terrible times in my life and yet God used this series to encourage me and remind me of His love.
There is another film I want to highlight here as it deals with a touchy subject, homosexuality. ‘Right to Believe‘ showed real heart, even the heart of God, especially in one conversation between the 2 main characters. I’m tearing up just thinking about it now. If you want to tell someone about the love of God and even address the sin that may be in someone else’s life…then you must love the person yourself, otherwise you may just harm them.
When we have God’s love and His heart, then we can talk to others about Him, about what He’s done for us, and for them, and even about sharing what God calls sin with someone else.
When we love…the other people will experience that love as well. A perfect true life example is found in ‘The Cross and the Switchblade‘ about David Wilkinson and Nicky Cruz, a notorious gang leader. There is one scene where David is threatened to be killed and he tells Nicky that even if he cuts him up into a thousand pieces, every piece of him would still love Nicky.
It’s so important for Christian filmmakers to realize that there is a battle raging all around them and that battle is spiritual and it is for people. Jesus died for every person that has ever lived and ever will live, but each person must make that choice. If a film can portray God’s love and forgiveness and has the influence of the Holy Spirit over it…it can literally save lives for eternity.
I Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore we eat or drink, do all to the glory of God. That is my prayer for every filmmaker that stands for Jesus and for every professed Christian.
Films can sow seeds for truth, for Christ, for salvation, for the Bible, and for revival and reformation. Pastors, Missionaries, Leaders need our prayers, but don’t forget about the Christian Filmmakers, and all those involved in Christian Media.
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