Yesterday Kristin and I took our daughter Riley to the movie theatre for the first time to see “Cars 2!” To our surprise this was a great experience. Riley got in free, behaved very well, the movie was good and theatre popcorn always makes the experience complete. Yet something prior to the movie took place that struck a powerful thought in my mind.
As we approached the usher with our tickets he informed us that our show would be in theatre #11 and not to be fooled by the sign that reads “Theatre #11 - The Hangover Part 2.” For those of you unfamiliar with this popular film, The Hangover Part 2 is a story about a group of friends hung over from the night before and unable to remember what has taken place they retrace their steps through drugs, violence, alcohol and sex in order to find their missing friend. This film is not rated PG.
As a pastor I am well aware of the aquarium we live in. And as we passed below the sign that read “The Hangover Part 2” I couldn’t help but laugh when thinking of someone witnessing Kristin and I walking into a theatre with our 19 month old daughter appearing to go see a rated R movie known for it’s profanity, violence, drugs, alcohol and strong sexual content. Something like this could really score some points in a circle of gossip. Imagine if this person was thinking on their toes and snapped a photo of us beneath the sign as proof. I arrive at this extent only because this has actually happened to me while sitting at a bar in Applebee’s trying to talk a husband into going home to save his marriage.
The point is this; what appears to be obvious and evident sometimes isn’t even close to the truth. The question that flooded my mind while watching “Cars 2” with my family was this; am I guilty of wrongfully accusing someone of something that wasn’t true despite the proof I felt I possessed?
In the book of Acts God is doing something incredible in some people’s lives and nearby witnesses accuse them of being drunk. A moment of beauty is mistaken for the exact opposite. I believe God urges us to allow him to be the judge in order to alleviate us from the stress and hassle we face when attempting a task beyond our capacity. It’s as if he’s saying, “I’ll handle this, you simply hope for the best in people.” For once again God chooses to center his people around hope and love.
A trip to the movies served as a valuable reminder and reflection for me personally and in writing this I hope it will do the same for you. In result, my prayer is that we will find ourselves centered around hope and love. For further reading check out Matthew 7.