“Getting The Big Picture”

Posted: February 27, 2013 by CJNeading in Thoughts
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It stars a handsome man who’s extremely dangerous. He holds the power of life and death in his bare hands. He’s amazingly skilled at everything. He speaks many languages. He never panics. He’s always in control.
Our hero is given an impossible assignment. He must go undercover to defeat a well-armed, murderous enemy single-handedly. If he fails, the world as we know it will come to an end. Calamity will strike. Millions will die.
Almost immediately things go wrong. His allies betray him. Suddenly he’s an outlaw. Both the good guys and the bad guys are hunting him down. Still, he must complete his mission lives are at stake.
He falls into his enemy’s hands. He endures a brutal beating that would land any other man in the ICU. However, through a mixture of strength and cunning, our hero escapes his captor. He pulls off a series of miraculous exploits and completes his mission in the most unexpected fashion. As a bonus, he wins the affections of a beautiful woman.
Men the world over love this movie. They pay big bucks to see it again and again. Sometimes the hero goes by the name of Bond—James Bond. Other times he’s named Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, Frodo, Neo, Eli, Superman, or Spider-Man. Though the plot twists vary from film to film, the big story remains the same.

Why do men love this movie? It’s a reflection of the big story that’s written on the heart of every man. Want to know a secret? Every man longs for a hero—and to be one himself.
Want to know another secret? This big story is simply a retelling of the Gospels.
Consider the parallels. Christ came to earth as a dangerous man—skilled, knowledgeable, and in control. He held the power of life and death in his hands. He was given an impossible assignment—to overcome a ruthless enemy single-handedly. He preferred to work undercover and told people not to reveal his secrets. His life involved a series of miraculous exploits. He was betrayed by an ally and handed over to his enemy, whose henchmen beat him almost beyond recognition. Yet he miraculously escaped his captors and completed his mission in the most unexpected fashion. He slipped the bonds of death and defeated his murderous enemy. The world was saved. In the end, he will receive a radiant bride.
The story written on the hearts of men is the story of Jesus. But few men realize it. They go to the multiplex to catch a glimpse of the divine, when they could find the real thing in a local church.

If you haven’t seen where I’m going yet, let me connect the dots.
Men’s movies: a hero saves the world against impossible odds.
Women’s movies: a woman finds a happy relationship with a wonderful man.
In today’s church, the gospel is no longer about saving the world against impossible odds. It’s about finding a happy relationship with a wonderful man.
If the point of going to church is to pursue a relationship, you will draw more women than men. The End. Roll credits.

This point is so important I must say it again: if we’re going to transform men from passive pew-sitters into battle-ready warriors, we must get the big story right. The gospel is the story of a courageous man who is out to save the world against impossible odds. And he is recruiting agents to join him. He is calling you to risk everything to come under his command. And when the mission is over, a precious reward awaits. That’s the message men crave. It’s a message that’s lost in today’s therapeutic church.”

Excerpt From: Murrow, David. “Why Men Hate Going to Church: Completely Revised and Updated.” Thomas Nelson, 2011-09-18. iBooks.
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