Friday, May 29, 2009
God at the Movies Part 4 - Taken!
Last weekend I rented "Taken" a suspenseful thriller starring Liam Neeson. I'd heard conflicting reports about this movie. One friend told me she loved it and its fast paced action. Another friend said it was creepy and too scary for her.
Fright movies I don't like. Why pay money to get scared when I can experience the same emotion by watching the news?
But for me, "Taken" was not scary. Suspenseful sure, scary no.
Liam Neeson plays a war vet with a 17-year-old daughter who travels to Paris and gets kidnapped for human trafficking. Horrible premise.
But then Enter the Angry Dad!
He's on the phone to his daughter when she gets taken. Neeson has a moment in which he talks to one of the kidnappers. He says, "I have a certain skill set that is a nightmare for people like you."
Boo-yah! He's off and we follow the action as he tracks down the bad guys, his fierce love propelling him to rescue his daughter.
The parallel to our Father God is obvious to me.
God's relentless and fierce love for us propels him to fight for us!
Deuteronomy 20:3-4 says:
He (the priest)shall say: "Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."
Can you see it? The enemy attacks us and kidnaps our courage sweeping us off to a place where we dwell in fear and discouragement.
Enter our Angry Dad! He says to Satan: "I have a skill set that is a nightmare for YOU!"
And off our Father goes, fighting for us and rescuing us!
I love it! And I loved this movie. Definitely only for adults. But a great action packed thriller.
Boo-yah! (I've never used this phrase but it seemed to fit this movie! :0) )