Movie Commentary: Fireproof

          This movie is well worth seeing. The movie shows that a good movie can be written and made from a Christian perspective and not hit folks over the head with the Gospel. Many so-called Christian movies are poorly done and badly written, this movie is neither.  The movie has a broad appeal with the main core of the story being a struggling marriage and the central theme being reconciliation.

         The core principles used in the movie is that of following an outline toward loving unconditionally and moving beyond self. The focus is just not on unconditional love, but even showing the importance of recognizing our limitations and pointing to Jesus the Messiah. 

        The film is used to promote the concept of the Love Dare journal which is available in various assorted stores or websites.  They also have a website emphasizing the concepts in the film. 

       Now while the movie is well done and certainly promotes marriage reconciliation there are some dangers as well. One danger is that what can happen as a result is a formulaic approach to marriage reconciliation.  There is an implicit promise that if you follow the principles shown in the film, that all will be well. The fact is, people can and do reject love.  As the movie draws the parallel between our rejecting Jesus love and the rejection of love in a marriage.  Yet, the truth remains that truely demonstrated love puts a person in the perspective of change.

      The important principle comes down to moving beyond ourselves and following the Biblical commands such as for a husband to love his wife as Jesus loves the Church, which is love regardless of response.  This love can either be accepted or rejected. Some will accept, some will reject but moving beyond self is the key. And no one can truely love unselfishly without Jesus at the center.  People can try, but usually the manipulative aspects of such falsely tried love can be observed.  It also points to giving all of yourself, setting aside all of what can easily ensnare.  Now the truth is, some of our snares are so engrained that it takes work to surrender and move out of the traps that ensnare us.  However, for those that follow what God set forth, there will be blessings.  The blessing are not always what we want, we have to be willing to lose all to gain what Jesus has for us ahead. Sometimes that means loss. 

     Another caution is that it could be tempting to use the movie to try and make a point to someone you know is stuggling.  Clearly, such an approach could serve as a barrier.  Certainly recommend the film  and the journal to others you know but do not do so with caution and respect.  Above all pray, pray that God uses the film and book to bring others unto him.  Pray for anyone you know who is in a struggling marriage.  Pray that God uses the film even to enhance marriages of those not struggling.  Pray above all that message of Jesus and the Gospel do not get lost and truth of the need to surrender to Jesus continues to shine. 


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