Today, it is my turn to write the Wednesday Word. I hope you don’t mind, instead, I want to introduce my son, Aaron Hilton as our guest. Thank you, Aaron Hilton, you make this mama proud.
“Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland in search of ourselves?” – The First History Man
The above quote, stands in white letters amidst a black screen signaling the end of the vehicular mayhem that constitutes the new George Miller film, Mad Max: Fury Road. This quote and the moment of silence that accompany it attempts to do what most films in the action genre do not; invite thought about the events and characters alongside which the audience has just taken a journey.
I loved this film. As a lover of science fiction and fantasy, it more than met my needs for interesting people and places. The action too was well choreographed and truly a sight to behold. However, the movie is more than just an action thrill ride. Like all entertainment, it has a purpose; an agenda, if you will. Despite the carnage witnessed on screen, I found that the themes of the movie are able to still speak out above the din of vehicular mayhem to resonate deep within my bones. That is because, in the end, this is a movie about identity, redemption, and journeys to find both of them; things that people in transitional periods in life (such as myself as a college student) no doubt dwell on.
Like the characters in the movie, we are all on journeys of our own, and we are all looking for something to give us identity and, in turn, hope and salvation. In the film, times are desperate and everyone is looking for something on which to cling. For many of the people who live in the post-apocalyptic wasteland in which the film is set, that means looking to Immortan Joe for salvation. Joe is the ruler of a place called “The Citadel” and is the film’s villain. He is an aged warlord who, through his control of the water supply, dominates the area. The people are, in effect, enslaved to him and his will and those that are in his service cling to him as a savior and sort of demigod. Not all are so willing to accept Joe’s harsh rule, however, and the plot follows a group of women who try to free themselves of Joe’s domination and go to a better world called “the green place”. These women are a part of Joe’s harem of breeders and some of the only people privileged with a somewhat comfortable existence. As I think back on this now, this journey is, in a way, very reminiscent of the character Christian’s journey in John Bunyan’s classic Pilgrim’s progress and thus also very much like a Christian’s journey away from sin. Much like the fictional characters who run from their respective captors, we put ourselves in danger by leaving the hold of sin. Sure, sin’s domain is usually comfortable, but is also confining and, in the end, dangerous. On several occasions, the women in Mad Max are given the opportunity to return to their previous existence in the Citadel, an offer which they ultimately refuse in hope of finding a better life. So too, must we as Christians push on in our own journeys. Sure, we may not literally, be wandering across a wasteland with marauders at our backs, but this is more true than we may think. We are, after all, fleeing from our old masters of sin and vice to a hope, in our case offered through Jesus. Sometimes he going gets tough, and sometimes it can look enticing to simply return to the comforts of the Citadel, but we must also press onwards. It is like the Bible says in Heb. 12:1, “…. Let us set aside everything that hinders, and the sin which so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked before us.”
So next time you go to the theater, take some time to think about what you’re watching. Sometimes God can speak through the strangest of mediums. Yes, even action movies.
- BONNIE (& son Aaron)
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