So earlier today I went out with some friends to the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight. In case you have been off the planet or confined to a basement no contact with the outside world, it’s the new Batman flick that accounted for 94% of all ticket sales this week and is headed straight into the top ten grossing pictures of all time.
It was a compelling movie. The joker as played by the late Heath Ledger is one of the most intriguing, attractive and disturbing villains of all time. As I sat in a sold-out a theater (one of four in our cineplex alone) until 2:45 a.m. watching this film, I was struck by how many people are watching this story about the struggle between good and evil. It’s a movie about morality, limits, the nature of good and evil and human cruelty, revenge and redemption.
Which, I thought, is exactly the story we preachers are supposed to tell every weekend. It’s the story every person – including every Christ-follower- is caught up in every day. It’s the story of our lives – the story of life. And thousands of people lined up to watch it. So many more people lined up to watch it though, than they line up to hear Christ-followers tell the story.
I found it curious that clever film makers do a better job of communicating the drama of life than many of us who know God do.
You curious about why that is? What are your observations? Great movie…but somehow, we’ve got an even greater story bubbling underneath.