On this special episode of Finding Christ In Cinema, we take a moment to examine the phrase “God is good, all the time” and further reflect on why we what we do at the Great Commission Transmission Network. All that and more in 3…2…1!
God Is Good All The Time, Right?
As is becoming the trend here on Finding Christ In Cinema, we use the space and time allotted within this seventh episode for reflection and reaffirmation of our goings on.
Michael and I both believe that God is good all the time, but we also agree that it is easier to remember that axiom while without difficult times as opposed to within them. Imagine an hourglass: above, the potential future full of hopes and dreams; below, the past where the grains have fallen and are at rest; and between the two, the bottleneck of the present in which it is easy to fall into the trap of tunnel vision (as we discussed in FCC 01: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). In other words, we can’t see the forest for the trees.
As Michael explains in the episode, he is personally going through such distress and asks for any and all prayers of comfort and ease of mind. Sure, we all know that “for those who love God all things work together for good,” but maintaining one’s composure can be difficult in the meantime.
But God, being the ever-loving God that he his, puts up with our grumblings and tantrums in that said meantime. Job, for example, knew that he could punch, kick, scream, and shout his problems right to God’s face, and God would still love him.
Though he slay me, I will hope in him, yet I will argue my ways to his face. This will be my salvation: that the godless shall not come before him. (Job 13:15-16)
Job will air his grievances to God’s face, and yet his own salvation hinges on the fact that God still loves him and is bigger than his tantrums.
Jesus offers these words to all those who wrack their brains while within the bottleneck of the present troubles:
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
Equipping, Armoring, and Preparing
We also came to a sort of revelation while recording this episode: we are more than missionaries.
Initially, our understood motivation for producing this show was to fulfill the Great Commission: going into all the world and preaching the Gospel to all the nations. However, we both came to the conclusion that we aren’t really making this show for those who don’t believe, but rather to those who already believe and will share these things in their already-existing mission fields. We are equipping, armoring, and preparing our fellow brothers and sisters for their travel.
Because let’s face it: non-Christians won’t listen to the podcast. They may be interested in the Reel News segment, but they will most likely leave afterword. After all, there are better things to do than spend an hour listening to a worldview that is different than yours. However, it further proves that the only true art of conversion has to take place within a personal relationship with a believer. I mean, we like to get personal on the show, but nothing beats a good ol’ face-to-face relationship.
So from here on out, we will be working not under the pretense of “seeking and saving the lost,” but we will advocate the encouragement needed to stir our brothers and sisters to good works. Isn’t that what the church is supposed to do anyway?
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