Tuesday, May 23, 2006

CT on X-Men

The movie opens this week in the US. Not sure when it will get to the subcontinent. Soon, one hopes. Commentaries: X-Men: In the World, Not of It - Christianity Today Movies
Being a mutant carries a heavy cost. Threading through years of individual stories is a larger saga about how mutants find different strategies for coming to terms with society. Mutants exist in this world, yet they exist apart from the prevailing culture. The mutant population must confront one fundamental and inescapable reality: They are in the world, but they are not of the world.

The church has often described Christian experience in precisely the same manner: We are in the world but not of it.

Scripture describes us as foreigners far from our true home. Paul writes, "Our citizenship is in heaven" (Phil. 3:20).

The church should issue a green card to the newly baptized, because Christians are definitely resident aliens. We have one foot in each world—earth and heaven—balanced precariously between living in the present and belonging to a world that awaits our homecoming.

Jesus never sugarcoated this tension: "If you belonged to the world," he said, "it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you" (John 15:19).
Always a good reminder, methinks, to a complacent church!

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