So! After catching up with the “The Fast & the Furious” franchise a few weeks ago (I watched FF7 on DVD) I felt it was fitting to finally see FF8 before it disappeared from the big screen (else I’d have to hire another DVD)
How American does it get?
- Family/Relatioship values/wholesome morals
- Muscle cars – Dodge, Ford etc (Just missing Teslas… maybe FF9)
- Muscle cars getting blown up in every “new” way possible – #HolywoodTribute
- Relationship w the British – wave to the “Mother Country”
- Christian foundations which we always come back to – Thanking God before our meals (despite how crazy and unconventional our lives are day to day…)
- Multi-Ethnic respect – No PC here. We make all jokes as signs of endearment
- We don’t break our values – we use wisdom to find better ways to keep them and still achieve what we need:
So many times as Christians we seem to think that our values or convictions make us weak; stop us from achieving our dreams. (No sex before marriage, dun wanna lie, not stealing, going to church every week etc). There’s a scene from FF6 where Owen Shaw (the bad guy) says this to Dom’s face. “Your loyal to a fault. Your code is about family…This code you live by, makes you predictable. In our line of work, predictable means vulnerable.” Shaw boasts that his code is based on “Precision! A team is nothing but pieces you switch out until you get the job done. It’s efficient. It works.” Obviously he loses at the end of the movie but in the real world this might sound good. People might even call it “realistic” or “living in the real world.” Like double-crossing people is essential because “its business!” Despite this meaning you have no reference point and nothing really to fight for (keep in mind God fought and died for His family… us!!) realise that relationships are the only things you can take to heaven. Selah
Though we know we’re not to be legalistic (not upholding right and wrong above life and death (my pastor touches on this so well in his messages. This is a soft intro here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9vN5I6W1UU&t=5s)) we still are to understand the life behind our morals/personal codes so that we know when to properly apply them:
- Desmond Doss – Hacksaw Ridge – Was able to hold onto his values as well as achieve his goals. Notice he actually did touch a rifle in the second half of the movie. He understood it would bring life in a way that was inline with his values for that moment
- I’ve heard of a taxi driver who had to decide between working on Sunday (busy day to make money) or going to church. He found that God gave him double the amount of work on Saturday to make up for his Sabbath when he chose to honour God first!
Dom could’ve chosen to sacrifice his team whom he called family for the sake of his “biological family” in the plan. But instead he chose to hold onto his values & those relationships. He worked hard to keep each and everyone one of them alive… including Ian Shaw! (but shooting him with that line “You thought this would be a fist fight?” knowing he would survive was still a little “nudge”).
1 Corinthians 10:13 rings through for me here. That there is “no temptation that has overtaken [us] except was is common to mankind…” and that “…He will also provide a way out so that [we] can endure it.” It is always a beautiful story and achievement when we choose to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness through the storms and then see that He brings us through each time. Its this analogy of struggle and release that we enjoy watching so much in movies. 🙂
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up!!” – Gal. 6:9 (NLT)
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