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|—||Yeshua ha’Mashiah (Luke 13:3)|
The new film “Courageous” is about a group of police officers and their Hispanic friend, Javier, coming closer to “G/d” and becoming better fathers.
In the beginning of the film it introduces the protagonist, Adam Mitchell, as a police officer who loves his family and “G/d,” but still has problems with his son Dylan. After the loss of his daughter, he learns that being a “good enough” father won’t cut it and created an oath for him and the other fathers to take, giving the Biblical reference Joshua 24:15 and Ephesians 5.
Javier, was a man who was working his hardest to keep his family out of the poor house. Finally, his prayers were answered when he was mistakenly called by name by stranger, Adam Mitchell, to help him build a shed for $150 per day. Later he was given a job at a thread factory and leading his family in the “L/rd.”
Nathan Hayes was new on the force and a father who was very active in his kid’s lives, being a fatherless child himself. He wanted to give his kids something he didn’t have and he later found out that “good enough” just wasn’t enough, so he took the oath. After some struggle with keeping a “saggy- pantsed, street-boy” from keeping his daughter, Nathan finally won his daughter over with a nice little ring expressing his love for her. Nathan insisted, like any godly father would, that if the boy can’t meet him, then he’s not worth her time. After that no-good “saggy pantsed boy” was arrested for being involved with drug deals, Nathan worked to mentor him.
David Thomson, the rookie and the Atheist, as we find out, was a father to an illegitimate child. He didn’t get to see his little girl of 4 having lost the trust of the mother. After receiving the gospel from Nathan, he took the oath and eventually got to see his little girl, and his ex-girlfriend again.
Shane Fuller was a father of one son. He loved them very much and decided to take the oath. Not long after he already failed by dealing drugs on the side of his salary as an officer and was arrested after being found out by the rest of the guys. He was rebuked harshly being told that he was “doubly accountable” having taken the oath and was thrown in jail. Adam began mentoring Shane’s young son alongside his own son.
Being a modern movie about “G/d”, cops, and the death of a little girl, you can expect an emotional roller-coaster filled with chases, touching family moments, some laughs, and a few mentions of a Deity leading you up to that Gospel presentation.
The Gospel presentation was far better than the one in Fireproof. It clearly states man’s guilt before a holy Elohim and expresses what Yeshua did on that cross. However, with the events in the movie leading up to the Gospel, who would reject it? Even people who hate YHWH of the Bible would lovingly accept this Gospel and believe themselves to be saved. Basically, it’s a theatrical alter-call.
I would give this movie two out of five for Christian family friendliness, because with it’s drug references, violent situations, the theatrical alter-call, and the mention of who this Deity was only once, it’s just not that great of a movie. Some things can be taken from it. Father’s should step up and take care of their families in a Biblical way, rather than just throwing them into youth group. Still a good Biblical study on fatherhood would be better than a movie about it.
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If you have these then you have assurance.
Love for G-d Ps. 42:1ff.; 73:25; Luke 10:27; Rom. 8:7
Repentance from Sin Ps. 32:5; Prov. 28:13; Rom. 7:14ff.; 2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 1:8-10
Genuine Humility Ps. 51:17; Matt. 5:1-12; James 4:6, 9ff.
Devotion to G-d’s Glory Ps. 105:3; 115:1; Isa. 43:7; 48:10ff.; Jer. 9:23-24; 1 Cor. 10:31
Continual Prayer Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18ff.; Phil. 4:6ff.; 1 Tim. 2:1-4; James 5:16-18; 1 John 2:9ff.; 3:14; 4:7ff.
Selfless Love 1 John 2:9ff.; 3:14; 4:7ff.
Separation from the World 1 Cor. 2:12; James 4:4ff.; 1 John 2:15-17; 5:5
Spiritual Growth Luke 8:15; John 15:1-6; Eph. 4:12-16
Obedient Living Matt. 7:21; John 15:14ff.; Rom. 16:26; 1 Pet. 1:2, 22; 1 John 2:3-5
Hunger for G-d’s Word 1 Pet. 2:1-3
Transformation of Life 2 Cor. 5:17
Genuine Fear of the L-rd Jer. 32:40