Wow! It felt so good to entitle that late December post “The End”. I believed that it was. For during the quiet Winter of 2020 I was very content with my completed blog project. But then I don’t have to tell you the world, with its unstable political, social, natural and economic foundations, has become completely unhinged. On yet another rollercoaster stock market day my mother’s broker called with information on what she called a “profit grab”. Instead of focusing on the decision at hand, that comment transported me back to 2 classic Christmas films. And once again I discovered that I can say something new regarding the films about which this entire blog has been written. The transcendent nature of these classics invariably capture and comment on the stability and volatility of life. Some of them even comment on financial aspects. Yes even the little bit I know about Economics I learned from these movies. For example, in the middle of It’s a Wonderful Life, there is an extended scene depicting a Run on the Bedford Falls Bank where George Bailey practically explains Fractional Reserve Banking. He tries to dissuade customers from approaching Mr. Potter for a smaller return on their investment by reminding them that “Potter isn’t selling –Potter’s buying –because we’re panicky and he’s not!”
Then again, in Miracle on 34th Street, Judge Henry Harper agonizes over whether to entangle the New York State Supreme Court in deciding the legitimacy of Kris Kringle’s claim to fame. Inside Harper’s chambers, his political advisor reminds him of the power of trickle down economics. Should he decide that there is no “Santy Claus” then everyone from the department stores and toy manufacturers, the greeting card makers, the candy companies and the AF of L and the CIO would be offended –resulting in negative consequences for his re election.An online search of this movie reveals recent and extensive commentary which runs the gamut from the feasibility of actually trying this case on up to the ethics of judiciary election vs appointment. My point is this: People still watch, learn from, think and talk about these classics which make them prescient even today.
So this morning rather than playing the entire DVDs, you tube clips were the source of my instant gratification. That’s where I also found the surprising commentary that accompanies these films. People still see connection between these mid century movies and current fluctuations. Rather than experiencing the typical nostalgia associated with this quick Christmas fix, I received an unanticipated gift: A sense of well being which only partly comes from remembering how these movies end.
Over the past 2 years each of my posts contain a purposeful juxtaposition of Christmas films with Biblical Scripture by intentionally pairing classic cinema and Scripture verses to encourage contemporary readers with transcendent truths. From Biblical Scripture I get a perspective that comes from a relationship with the God who knows the end from the beginning. I get a promise for a peace that this world can neither give nor take away. In other words, as my church likes to promote: God’s got this! 2020 still remains a most unique year with some of the most life altering ramifications yet to come. I join many people who interpret this season Biblically, as a sort of serious spiritual calm before a storm.
This time I include a Bible verse from the Old Testament –2nd Chronicles 7:14. If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven , forgive their sins and heal their land.
Within my church circle I am exhorted to humble myself, pray and seek God’s face and repent (or turn away from my wicked ways) in order to take advantage of providential offers to forgive me and heal my land. I know of many people who are doing this on a regular basis right now.
On the northbound side of 294 between Northlake and the airport is a bill board proclaiming 2 Chronicles 7:14 which also includes an admonition to do God’s will. Discovering God’s will is a controversial topic even within my churched circle. I know one thing about God’s will . God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2nd Peter 3:9 Repenting and believing in Christ are the first steps to approaching a holy God. If you read any of the posts throughout this project I think you would agree that I strongly advocate a relationship with Christ for many personal and pretty reasons. Now I believe the reason to encourage such a relationship is more imminent than ever before. Jesus Christ’s desire for a relationship with you is possible. I close each post with the same encouragement. Get to know Jesus –He would die for you to to get to know Him. 2 great places to start are in the second half of the Bible. Reading the book of John will show that Jesus is God and the book of Mark describes how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy.