I watched 2 movies this week as part of my preparation for the next sermons on marriage.
As a pastor, I watch movies like a coach watches film of the opposing team. What are the strengths of the argument? Where does it fail to answer the most pressing questions of humanity? How does the film articulate truth that is God’s truth? How does the film lie to me and deceive me?
These 2 movies were pretty good– He’s just not that in to you and Couples Retreat. CR was pretty silly, but a good illustration of how distracted people can get from their marriage priority.
HJNTITY was by far the better. Ben Affleck’s character gives a passionate speech on why he is opposed to marriage that really captures a common sentiment– why do I need a piece of paper to tell you I love you… The depiction of the affair is heart-wrenching and the friendship that develops into something more captures some of God’s plan for what should be at the core of marriage– best friends, committed to the other’s good.
Both of these were released this year. What are some of your favorite marriage movies? Which ones give hints of God’s best and which ones have bought into a lie?
We are going to spend Nov 15 and Nov 29 digging into the back end of Eph 5. Tomorrow I’ll have some more introductory thoughts for you.