E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: Prayer and Unity | FCC 91

In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the alien wants to “phone home” to strengthen the bond between himself and his family. This is why we also pray to God so that our bond with Him and fellow Christians may be stronger and be more effective in God’s kingdom.

For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:15 – Movie Discussion
  • 00:18:20 – Christian Themes in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • 00:47:41 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 00:57:12 – Reel News
  • 01:01:56 – Well-mannered Frivolity
  • 01:06:44 – Lightning Round 
  • 01:08:00 – Upcoming

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Unity of Believers

An alien has been accidentally left behind on Earth, and it is his ultimate desire – his super-objective – to get back home to them. He is a stranger in a strange place and has little hope in actually reestablishing that connection – that is, until he meets Elliott.

Elliott is the typical kid who just doesn’t fit in anywhere. His older brother has his friends, but they all push him aside. His little sister has her dolls, but that’s too childish for him. Elliott can’t seem to find a place to rest. He, too, is a stranger in a strange land and has no one with which to share his plight – that is, until he meets E.T.

This bond is so tightly knit between the two of them that both are affected when something happens to only one of them. Whenever E.T. watches something funny on the television, Elliott laughs all the way from school. When E.T. bumps his head in the kitchen, Elliott hurts while sitting at his school desk. The intensity of this bond is the highest when E.T. is dying and Elliott is dying with him. Thankfully, just as Elliott comes back, so does E.T.

This image from E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL shows E.T. that has come back to life.

The bond that forms between these two outcasts is the most prominent force at work in the story, and it’s this force that draws us Christians into meditating on how close our bond is with God as well as other believers. Our bond with God shows itself whenever we obey and disobey him, and it is strengthened by prayer. Such discipline is what leads us to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus – so much so that we can feel what He feels and act how He acts.

The same can be said for our bond with other believers: it is strengthened whenever we spend quality time with each other and is showcased whenever we do right or wrong by that other person. A weak bond will not survive anything past superficiality, but a strong bond will last through the tough times as well as the easy times.

That’s the kind of unity the Christians should be known for, and that is good news.


Key Texts

Philippians 2:1-2 NLT

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

 

This image from E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL shows Elliott, Gertie, and Sam .

Romans 12:9-18 AMP

Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good. Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor; never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord; constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength], contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them]. Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief]. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself. Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.


Finding Christ In Cinema is the show where we discover Christian themes in movies past and present. Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. Brought to you by the Great Commission Transmission Network. View the complete show notes, including links to articles discussed, by clicking here.

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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. He has his M.A. in Theatre Arts and is always looking for a way to use good stories to soften people’s hearts.

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  • Philip Heard

    Hey guys, that was a great job on a childhood classic! Re-watching it was a unique experience, where I would have moments in the film in which a plot hole or artistic choice took me completely out of it, and other moments where it totally had me by the guts. Brenden made a point similar to this, and it seems to me that E.T. is a film made for children that adults can also enjoy and appreciate, but that we need to keep in mind it’s apparent intended audience. And trust me, when I was a 10 year old kid and saw it in theater back in 1982, I was buying everything Steven Spielberg was selling. My Dad has an advance case of Alzheimer’s, and hasn’t known who I am for years now. E.T. is the only time I recall seeing my Dad cry at a movie, so that’s stuck with me for a long time. I think nostalgia is a legitimate reason to like a film, and nothing to apologize for. It can also help us be humble and avoid pretension about movies.

    One thing I got was the idea that loving someone means putting their best interest ahead of what I want or even what may be helpful to a great number of people. E.T. needed to go home, but I think Elliott and the Keys Guy both would have liked him to stay, and for good reasons- not to exploit him. In a best case scenario, he could have been a lifelong friend and companion to Elliott and also helped humans better understand the universe and perhaps have some very helpful technological advancements. I will grant you that is unreasonably optimistic on my part, but possible. Instead Elliott and Keys both let him go, and did what was best for E.T. despite their own desires. Heck, Keys had been dreaming of an alien encounter since he was a kid, and he also had his job to do, but didn’t interfere with the escape. Love can be real and still be selfish if we’re not careful. Christian love places the interests of the loved one ahead of our own. Proverbs 17:17(NKJV) says “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” This film gives us a good example of healthy love in practice. And little Drew Barrymore cracked me up. Little girls who are adorable and seem to know it well are just too funny!

    We got Goosebumps from the Redbox the other day, and wow, was it good! I don’t recall if you guys have seen it or not, but it was a lot of fun, family friendly, and will be a movie we re-watch a lot around October in years to come. That definitely needs to go on The List!, and maybe do an episode on it for this Halloween?

    Love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli

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