PACIFIC RIM: Christian Unity | FCC 65

In Pacific Rim, the pilots of the Jaegers have to be drift compatible in order to operate those machines. In this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast, we use the idea of drift compatibility to discuss the theme of Christian unity.

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

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:04:10 – Pacific Rim Discussion
  • 01:07:20 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 01:18:15 – Well-mannered Frivolity
  • 01:33:40 – Lightning Round
  • 01:39:30 – Upcoming

Unity on the Inside and the Outside

The film Pacific Rim hosts a world overrun by alien sea monsters with plans of destruction for the human race, and the only worthwhile resistance can be found in the Jaeger (German for “hunter”) Program. But piloting a Jaeger proved too much for just one pilot both physically and mentally, so the engineers designed a two-person operating system (so as to mimic the unity of the left and right hemispheres of the brain), and that proved to be the better option.

This image from PACIFIC RIM shows the Jaegers lined up and ready for battle.

These two pilots have to have a special bond, one that transcends comparable physicality and mentality (although those certainly are a part of it). The two pilots have to be Drift compatible with each other; that is, the two pilots have to be so in tune with each other while inside the Drift (the space between their collective conscience and that of the Jaeger) and while unified on the other side that each will be able to be strong for the other when the other is weak.

This image from PACIFIC RIM shows Raleigh and Mako getting ready for the neural handshake.

That’s the kind of dynamic that God has created for His Church when it comes to spiritual gifts. He’s given some gifts to and withheld some gifts from some people while simultaneously giving other gifts to and withholding other gifts from other believers. He does this so as to create a culture of codependency in which believers have to rely on each other in order to love and serve God by loving and serving those whom God has told us to love and serve.

Key Texts:

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

Philippians 2:1-2

Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose.


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 good way to use stories to soften peoples' hearts. Find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @LeviTheBeliever.
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