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Wild Ideas

I’m rereading the book “Wild at Heart” by John Elderidge as part of a men’s group that I hope will become a true band of brothers. That will no doubt take a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit to happen.

After our first session I had many ambivalent feelings- some hopeful and positive and some feeling that there are problems in the whole enterprise. One concern that I had was the list of movies that kept coming up in the DVD and discussions. Many of these flicks are not what I desire as a Christian to feed my mind with. I cannot speak for anyone else but the very few of the ones mentioned that I have seen I regretted because the images still give me trouble and the others would, too, no doubt. I’m not squeamish about blood and guts but I do feel a slight deadening when I see brutality in the form of entertainment and varying forms of sensuality only intensify the difficulty I have maintaining pure thoughts as I walk about in our sensual society.

During the sermon this morning something raced through my mind about the perfect movie analogy for “Wild at Heart” for sensitive consciences like me. The storyline is superhero stuff but the plot is more real to life for where I live than any battle scene. It’s the cartoon “The Incredibles”. By no fault of his own Mr. Incredible is stuck in a 9 to 5 where he can’t be who he is designed to be, not to even confront the inequities at his fingertips, let alone the injustices just outside his window. He has lost his heart and is losing his family in order to play by someone else’s rules that seem to him both necessary and unavoidable. The situation turns from bad to worse when his anger over not being able to right a wrong results in the loss of his job. Then while bemoaning his low ebb the solution and the temptation come packaged in the same invitation. It involves all that he wants in again living up to his potential but with several hooks- a beautiful woman, flattery, deception toward his wife, and unbeknownst to him his destruction. It appears as though his family rescues him but in reality it turns out that they have to do the job as a team or none would have made it. Mr. Incredible finds his heart in rescuing his beauties (wife and daughter), calling out his son, being wild and dangerous in beating down the bad guys in battle, and preparing to meet each new dangerous adventure with satisfaction. The movie ends when they prepare as a team to meet the next foe-resolute, confident, together.

Too fake! Just a cartoon! Not real! But I don’t fancy that I’ll be wielding a claymore in my community or machine-gun on any manicured lawn or a bomb in a backyard or anyplace else for that matter. But temptations and death by the mundane are ever present battles to fight.  I need God’s help, direction, warrior spirit, and superhero strength to confront evils I meet about me everyday.  Wild ideas I guess, but it’s more where I live.

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