“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities– his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen.” Romans 1:20a
One of things that brings me joy is finding truth in popular movies, books, or music. You’d be surprised where it can turn up. While I love movies, I’m not exactly a fan of the “Christian movies” around these days. If God’s nature truly is evident to all, then we might be able learn a thing or two about God from people who might not qualify as “Christians.”
While none of these movies are overtly Christian, I think they each communicate an important biblical truth.
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me.” (Psalm 18:16-17)
Taken is a story of a father’s love– a love that drives Bryan to risk everything to get his daughter back. I can’t help but think of God’s love for his children when I watch this movie. He also sacrificed everything for us. He had to fight for us. This movie is an excellent reminder of how great God’s love is.
4. The Matrix
“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
In The Matrix, Neo discovers a world outside of the world he knows– one that is both more real and more difficult to accept. The truth empowers Neo, and he decides to help free others from the lie they live in. This movie is a great analogy for the awakening and transformation of a new believer.
3. Citizen Kane
“‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.'” Ecclessiastes 1:2
Charles Foster Kane had everything. Wealth, power, prestige, and even women. But as the movie shows, none of these things produce happiness. The story of Citizen Kane is a search for love. The one thing that is permanent is the one thing Kane can’t get, and everything he once had is eventually lost. Citizen Kane shows the true emptiness of a life without God.
2. The Nativity Story
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:20
Ok, so I lied. You could call this movie “Christian,” since it is in fact based on a Bible story, but I think it’s pretty neat that a movie can come out of Hollywood and give Christians a new perspective on a familiar truth. The Nativity Story is all about faith. Faith in God’s plan against all odds. It will make you think about what Mary and Joseph were really like and what they had to go through.
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Romans 5:25
If you haven’t seen this movie . . . well, you just oughtta be shot (as my grandfather used to say). I love the Narnia series. C.S. Lewis captured really great truths in those books, and you should read all of them. As far as the movies go, I think The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe contains the clearest biblical message. It’s about sin, its consequences, and the cost of remedying it. Very good movie.