February 22, 2017
Take A Chill Pill
Leslie and I went last week to see the new movie A Dog's Purpose. The movie has recently gotten a lot of bad press which is very unfortunate. One big controversy was from some activists who edited a clip to make it appear that one of the dogs in the film was being mistreated and subjected to cruel conditions. Of course, the truth eventually came out and it was shown that the dog in question was not forced to do something it did not want to do nor was it mistreated. Another controversy came from some Christians who slammed the movie because it promoted reincarnation. While technically reincarnation was mildly portrayed in the story, it was not a movie that was advancing a position about reincarnation. It is a movie - a story. It uses the experiences through the lives four or five dogs to cause us to examine "what is our purpose?" In the end we find that there is indeed purpose to this life. A Dog's Purpose is a very good MOVIE. It is not a theological treatise but rather seeks to be good entertainment. Good entertainment by the way makes us laugh, but also shares a point. The point is not that we are reincarnated. The point of the movie is that we all have purpose - help those that we can and love well. While as a pastor I think that there is a bit more to it than that, but I certainly can give a hearty "amen" to the premise that we are put here for a reason.
I think that we can get far to worked up about things that we lose sight of what really matters. Not only is that happening with movies, it is happening in our society at large. We are unfortunately a very divided country. It is okay to have disagreements. However we have been sold a lie that says "if you disagree with me, you are my enemy." This is crazy. It is good to have differences, and even be passionate about those differences. However, when we allow our passion for an issue to turn into hatred and contempt for other people we are headed down the wrong path. This is not just coming up in politics, but in our society at large. Perhaps the prescription that we need is take a chill pill and go have dinner with and see a movie with someone we disagree with.