Life Without God. Babel. Children of Men.

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Life without God is misery.

CS Lewis said there are only three alternatives in life.
1) To be God.
2) To be like God and share His goodness in creaturely response
3) To be miserable without God.

Two current movies reveal the misery of a world without God
& the savvy viewer will see biblical themes threaded through each.

“BABEL” is set in Morocco, Mexico and Japan
And reveals a planet spinning out of control
Due to misunderstandings rooted in cultural language and class.

Winner of the Golden Globe for best picture,
The title Babel and the storyline
are actually inspired by the biblical story of the tower of Babel.
The movie Babel tells a dark, depressing story
of people who cannot hear or understand each other,
And as a result FEAR and harm each other.

The second movie, “Children of Men” is based on Anglican PD James’ novel.
The year is 2027–every woman on earth is infertile.
Without the ability to bear children
the world seems without hope.
And then a young teenage woman is found pregnant.
To escape the madness of the world
The woman must make her way to a boat
WHERE like Noah herding his family onto the Ark¢â‚¬¦
OR baby Moses floating in a basket on the river
She and the child are \carried away to safety.

It is interesting that both these dark, foreboding films
Place the world’s hope in the next generation–in children¢â‚¬¦
The maker of “Babel” dedicates the film to his children—
Describing them as “the brightest lights in the darkest night.”
Children of Men also implies that the hope of the world rests in the birth of the child¢â‚¬¦

YET
Neither film places its hope in God¢â‚¬¦
And neither understands that our human misery
Is the result of life without God.

Back to CS Lewis for a moment.
We are not God
We are miserable without God
So as Lewis said: our only remaining choice
Is to recognize that we are like God
Created to share His goodness in creaturely response.

The gospel places our hope for restoring our relationship with God
Not in CHILDREN

But in a CHILD.

His name is Jesus¢â‚¬¦

Jesus entered a world dark with fear and mistrust.
He is the light in this darkened world
And as the Apostle John said:
The light shined in darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.

Movies like Babel and Children of Men
Speak the stunning truth of human misery
And they tap into the symbols of hope-
A child
A boat¢â‚¬¦

But they leave out the most powerful, hopeful and timeless symbols–
A manger¢â‚¬¦
A cross¢â‚¬¦
And an empty tomb.

The CSC knows that life without God is misery.
BUT we believe the words of Jesus—
I am come that you might experience life and life more abundant¢â‚¬¦
WE believe the live and light of Jesus shines in darkness and ultimately the darkness will not overcome it.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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