Life Of Brian
Comment on Premier Life of Brian screening causes upset for church
Life of Brian – only God knows how important – this unforgettable, in my aching towards Christ. Pre-contemplation times. On the cinema front, doesn't reach God turning-up and adding conviction and shakes, on one other film, during those tentative docking years. Nevertheless. Blew-me-away. Heart needed, what couldn't be sure what. Sat at the end, in a most unusual place (the screening), stumped. Speechless. All I can remember, the only British person there, so deeply knocked shy. I couldn’t move a muscle. Not an inch. Everyone chatted at the end, I stared straight ahead. Awkward, I couldn't say a dicky-bird. One scene that God particularly encountered me on, was when he stands and listens to 'street preachers'. As for 'in a church'? Are we kidding? Are we really this, (look respect but…), this, legalistically lost? As a 2+% struggling entity, we do well to keep grace wide and long, towards all sincere attempts to engage the 98. Having said this, more fuss, more publicity. (“If only they knew eh? We do it on purpose, 'course. Get the crowds in”). I won't look back – not time/sort of thing, led to do – but aren't there interviews, where un-saved Python/s are 'doing evangelism', by way of defending the God they don't believe in, as revealed in Christ? What to say? 'We' have little credibility out there. We 'don't like church (buildings/never a 'church'), or in Christ's name, doing this kind of thing'? Perspectives, please? And Bible verse after Bible verse… And Finney's, 'better the way I do it, than the way you don't…' And…let it go. Shhhhh. Pray. But good. Controversy? We need. We live in a sterile, risk-averse world. This, not the kingdom. Have 'safe-pasture' local church? Good-on ya. As for others? Looks like, it's for good and God? Open to question? Humble? Sincere? And get this… engaging with the public, who overall, have decided to ignore us? Mmmmm? Sounds Jesus might be interested. Get it a bit wrong, not the problem. Body of Christ. Different parts. Bless, as best-we-can. I do. Here. God bless the protesters.
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