Posted by: riverchilde | February 16, 2011

Clashing(?) Cultures

O.K., I promise that this blog will not devolve into an ongoing discourse about the adorable/insightful/humorous things my kids say. But as someone who is working to help people integrate the biblical narrative into their everyday lives, I have to celebrate the successes where they come. Hence, a story about my kids…

This weekend, my 13-year-old son and I watched a movie together (after our usual tussle over action film vs. “anything else, please”). The compromise was Clash of the Titans

We didn’t talk much about the movie either during it (forbidden by my son) or afterwards, but on Sunday morning after church services, my son mentioned that he kept thinking of the movie during the reading and the sermon. Our congregation is working our way through the Old Testament for our two-year lectionary, and this week’s text was Exodus 1:1-2:23. My son wasn’t interested in a deep analysis, but the contrast between the relationship between gods and men portrayed in the movie and that described in the biblical account of the Hebrew enslavement in Egypt had made an impression on him.

Our conversation about how our God is one of covenantal, committed relationship with and hesed toward his people, rather than one who saw humankind as personal playthings to be used and manipulated, also helped my 18-year-old daughter (who had been troubled by what seemed to be a distant and forgetful God in this text) to see the grace and promise in verses 23-25: After a long time the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them. (Lutheran Study Bible).

It was a small strike against moralistic therapeutic deism, but satisfying nonetheless.

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