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AMAZING GRACE

Preparing some material for bible class today, continuing our study of James, looking at it’s teaching and relevance in our lives today. Were now into chapter 2, looking at the section dealing with faith and works, where James challenges the church of his day that faith without works is dead.

Thought it appropriate to look at the life of William Wilberforce, with the upcoming release of Amazing Grace in the cinema’s, and the associated The Amazing Change and Stop The Traffik campaigns. Check out the links, some important food for thought as Christians living in the world today, seeking to be a Christian voice in society, standing up for the values of Christ and seeking to follow his example.

Is our faith expressed by our works? Food for thought indeed………..

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Crash

Went to the cinema last night to see Crash, well worth the watch if you haven’t seen it, and the website is pretty good also. One of those film’s that makes you think while watching the various stories unfold, and leaves you thinking on some of it’s themes. The tagline of the film is “Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other”, and without spoiling it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, it explores how we act and react to situations and people we encounter. Based in LA, but many of the main lines of thought we can relate to and apply in any situation. One of the underlying themes that came out was how experiences or situations beyond our control can bring about a change in our attitudes and prejudices toward others. As a Christian I believe God brings certain situations into our lives in order for us to learn from them and grow in our faith. Am I learning from the things going on in my life now, or just complaining about how things don’t always work out the way I want them to?
If any of you’s have seen it and had any thoughts on it, add your opinion through the comments below, would be interested to hear if it impacted you.

Inspiring

When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.

This is the tagline to the film Hotel Rwanda that I went to see on Wednesday night, the most compelling film I have seen in quite a while. It was one of those films where after the final credits had been shown, everyone in the cinema remained in their seats, numbed from the story they has just watched, not really knowing what to say or do.
Reflecting now on the film i’m still gripped by many of the same emotions of shame and disgust at the attitudes of the affluent west (and I include myself in this), as we sit by and allowed this mass genocide massacre to happen without really giving it a fleeting thought.
This film focusses on the story of one man Paul Rusesabagina, who turned the hotel he managed into a sanctuary to save over 1,000 Tutsi’s from the genocide against their people. Similarities and parallels struck me throughout of the Good Samaritan passage in the bible, and the compassion shown by Christ in his life and ministry. It also underlined for me the sheer depravity of mankind in war-like situations to massacre thousands of people simply because they were of a different religious/political/ethnic/social/racial background.
This film underlined for me the difference between compassion and pity – pity is feeling sorry for hurting people in their time of need, compassion is actually doing something constructive to help alleviate their pain and suffering in whatever form that may take.
Theres an interesting article in The Guardian this week reminding us of the current attrocities in Darfur which are verging on genocide extremes.