Thursday, August 21, 2008

Juno

I saw a showing of Juno in one of the many beautiful parks of Portland. I know I'm a little late on the Juno bandwagon, but I was waiting for the right moment - it was free.

I understand the content matter of the movie is not kosher for Christians. That being said, it is PG-13 and is no where near envelope pushing. But it is exactly because the movies concerns sexuality that I thought the movie was so interesting. Not because it was sexually lustful (in fact lust was nearly absent in the whole movie), but rather because it consisted of a dialog about sexuality in present day American society. A dialog that is almost completely absent from the public circles, much less within Christian circles. So in a way, the movie feels edgy, but only because it is raw in issues that we prefer to sweep under the pew.

A discussion of sexuality has been absent from Christian circles until late. This was only brought to my attention because of the couragous guys over at XXXChurch and an awesome book aptly titled "Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is)" by Joshua Harris.

It is important to understand the message that is being preached to American society, and to our youth. In a society that is increasingly anti-religious, the sermon that most American's hear on a regular basis are preached from the silver screen of theaters.

Juno's character was most intriguing to me. Not because of her spunky personality, but because of her utter transparency. She was genuine and honest in a way that would put most Christians to shame. Imagine the impact and effectiveness of the Gospel if Christians were more transparent about their questions, failures, and sins. How much more powerful of a testimony would that be of God's grace in our lives!

1 comment:

Win Tse said...

It's like Miller's depiction of confession booths at Reed!
Pride has been so dumb downed to "it's my nature" or just a lame excuse in our society that it has bled into Christian circles.
We are afraid to be uncomfortable. We're afraid of being someone we already are: awkward human beings given free grace and true vulnerability, yet too damn prideful to realize it's there like the pink elephant in the room