I watched this film the other day. Now, I’m sure some of you may say,
“why are you watching filth like that?”
“you should be ashamed of yourself”
and I’d understand those comments but for the purpose of the blog, please go with me on this.
The idea in the film is not a new one. The concept of vengeance is as old as time.
In order for resolution, those who abuse you must be abused themselves.
For salvation to come, blood must be shed.
Hollywood is full of films about the good guy killing the bad guy to bring resolution.
Revenge is a dish best served to keep us believing that the only way to deal with conflict is to fight back.
But Jesus offers another option.
Next week, our Youth Fellowship group are leading the evening service. We are going to be summarising the beatitudes as this is what we have spent the greater part of four months looking at.
Jesus calls his followers to be meek. To stand up for injustice. Not to retaliate with violence or to ignore it, but to face it head on.
In essence, Jesus calls us to choose the ‘Third Way“. A way of non-violence. A way of true justice.
It may costs us our face, our dignity or even our lives.
But this is the call of Jesus.
It is vital that our young people know this option. Our world tells us that we only have two choices. Fight or Flight.
But that’s a fallacy!
Jesus chose to walk the Third Way. To stand up against oppressive regimes. And it cost him his life.
Rather than believing that salvation comes through the shedding of the enemies blood (pax romana) Jesus believed that true salvation came from the shedding of his own blood. True salvation comes through self sacrifice.
This blows the myth of redemptive violence out of the water. We don’t need to let this worldview shape our lives anymore.
How often do you hear,
“wait till they see what I’m going to do to them”.
How often do we bad mouth those who we don’t like?
“wait to you hear what they did”.
In the final seconds of “I spit on your grave”, after brutally killing her attackers, the woman smiles to herself. She believes she has found salvation.
She may have found momentarily relief but she is not free. She is caught in the cycle of redemptive violence and it will be the death of her.
Not the death of her physically.
But the death of her humanity.
To choose the “Third Way” is to choose not to let someone strip us of our dignity.
To not allow us to be brought down to their level.
To not lose our humanity.
- Crime Scene Review: I Spit On Your Grave (2010) (dreamindemon.com)
- I Spit on your Grave 2.0 (infocult.typepad.com)
- I Spit on Your Grave – review (guardian.co.uk)