You know how sometimes you watch a certain kind of movie, and it makes you want to be a better person? The credits begin to roll, and you think, “wow. things could be different. i can do something to make things better for others.” I think this feeling, this inspiration, this letting go of the imagination, is similar to what Jesus was hoping for when he used His parables to teach on the Kingdom of God (KoG). He wanted to stir our insides, giving us a glimpse into the “not yet” so that we could be working in the “already here.”
Jesus’ parables “draw us into the kingdom world and then they set us back down in this world hungering for more, hungering for a kingdom kind of world now” (Scot McKnight, One.Life, p. 38).
What better way to teach someone about the KoG than showing them what it looks like? Stirring their imaginations towards what could be?
[This is why I really love The Simple Way’s series of DVDs entitled “Another World is Possible.” I would have totally named my blog that if I didn’t suspect they had a copyright on it ;). ]
What are some of those movies that have moved you towards Kingdom living? What movies would you use in teaching to help illustrate the KoG?
I’ll start…To End All Wars was one of those for me, as it relates to grace and peace.