Finding the Divine in the depraved!

I want to take a few minutes and talk about the film below:

Now much like my post on the revenge flick “I spit on your grave‘, I realize that this film is not for everyone and some of you may simply be disgusted that I would choose to watch a film like this and talk about it in the first play.

This blog probably isn’t for you then.

But for those who have seen it, or watch this type of film from time to time, I wanted to talk about it.

Here is the BBFC‘s overview of the film:

British Board of Film Classification

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MUM & DAD is a horror film about a young Polish woman who is imprisoned and tortured by a middle-aged couple who wish to make her become part of their extended family. It was passed ’18’ for strong bloody violence, torture, terrorisation and sex references.”

As I said. Not for everyone.

But there are some intriguing themes lurking in the blood soaked corridors of the movie.

‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ have two adoptive children (Birdie and Elbie). It is implied that they were at one time captured like the Polish woman (Lena) and tortured. But over time, they became part of the family. That always seems the plan of ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’. They want to have children. They want to have a large family.

But what kind of family?

They want a family who will fear them. Who will do anything for them. Who will kill for them.

If the captured boys and girls’ will yield to ‘mum’ and ‘dad’, and fear them, they will be invited into the family.

As humans, we too have been given an invitation.

Paul, in his letter to the Galations says this:

“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”

We have an invitation into God’s family. We no longer need to be slaves to the idols of this world: individualism, consumerism etc.

And unlike ‘mum’ and dad’s family, it is build on love; not fear.

Unlike ‘mum’ and dad’s family, we are accepted unconditionally into this family. We don’t need to be slaves to their wicked demands.

Is this the message I speak of with the young people of the church?

Is this the message that they hear?

Not always. I’m often guilty of enslaving this good news with rules. Of ‘norms’ that they need to follow.

I end the post, as I often do, with a rhetorical question for myself (and maybe others)

What would the youth groups I oversee look like if they proclaim this joyful adoption message?

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