Archive for August 1, 2008

“Dark Knight” and “The Shack”

A high school friend of mine wrote that she really liked the latest Batman movie “Dark Knight.”  After seeing it myself the other day, I asked her what she liked about it.  The movie portrayed the age old struggle against good and evil, the Joker character, played by the late Heath Ledger, was definitely evil.  To me it seemed it was TWO movies rolled into one.  The producers could have made a sequel by ending it at a certain point but it went on and on for 2 1/2 hours.  I would tense up whenever the Joker appeared because he was intensely evil incarnate.  I’m not sure who can replace Ledger in that role with the upcoming sequel to this movie, I suppose I’d go to watch it out of curiousity. 

I went to watch “Dark Knight” because of the early reviews and since I missed so much of what was going on, I might have to see it again to piece it all together.  I rarely watched the Batman t.v. series as I was growing up as it was banned from our living room t.v. watching.  The requisite Batmobile was souped up as ever but no Batboy with his “holy expletives.”  This movie is intense and you almost need to take notes to chart where the Joker is at what time in the movie because some of the main characters get bumped off or so you think.  Joker lives by NO rules regarding life whereas Batman has a rule to not kill anyone though he has the power to do so.

On another note, I finally finished reading the quick read, fictional book “The Shack.”  I don’t know what stalled me, 248 pages should have been done in one sitting really but I was busy with out of town company and travelling I guess.  At first, “The Shack” is a real page turner similiar to the “Left Behind” series.  Warning, it does get a little strange in its theology in the middle of it but the author William P. Young has a good heart, I believe.  He wants people to understand about forgiveness, grace and reconciliation.  That’s a hard one to swallow when it comes to forgiving the murderer of the main character’s little daughter. 

Many parts of this book are quotable but I’ll give a sampling from p. 204 from the chapter “Verbs and Other Freedoms” and a quick quote from Buckminister Fuller: “God is a Verb.” The following is the Holy Spirit speaking through the character named Sarayu:

“And as my very essence is a verb…I am more attuned to verbs than nouns.  Verbs such as confessing, repenting, living, loving, responding, growing, reaping, changing, sowing, running, dancing, singing and on and on.  Humans, on the other hand, have a knack for taking a verb that is alive and full of grace and turning it into a dead noun or principle that reeks of rules: something growing and alive dies.  Nouns exist because there is a created universe and physical reality, but if the universe is only a mass of nouns, it is dead.  Unless, ‘I am,’ there are no verbs, and verbs are what makes the universe alive.”

There you have it, Batman movie is promoting rules and laws that are broken by the criminals and this latest bestseller book is a tangled but clever story about forgiveness against the perpetrator.  I’m also reading Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book on holiness and I’m reminded of what God says, “Be ye holy as I am holy.” A process we should all strive to pursue but not so simple in our evil world of dark nights and haunted shacks.

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