Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wall-E & Eve - A Love Story

My bud and I took advantage of a beautiful summer day to rush like mad to the Seven Bridges theater and see Wall-E. We're little kids like that - and we're both PAST middle-age and unmarried.

Reader - go see this movie. Again and again. Wow.

Charlie Chaplain-esque antics along with a little friendly pet of a cockroach keep the viewer enthralled as Wall-E digs through all the trash left behind by centuries of human extravagance, rescuing little treasures he finds and sealing himself up night after night to watch old VHS tapes - romantic VHS tapes - specifically Hello Dolly.

At $180 million every penny of the budget was put up on the screen for you to see.

When Eve shows up, she's an angel - graceful, gliding, beautiful -

- and armed to the TEETH!! Poor Wally - he hasn't a CHANCE with her!

Until he conquers his fear - and through one event after another (he leaves the Earth to rescue her and discovers humans are idling their lives away on a luxury starliner) he restores hope to humanity, this ugly little robot who's been taking care of our trash.


Hard to miss that metaphor in a Christian worldview, isn't it?

Here goes: Christ came in meekness to handle our filth and redeem not only us, but the world.

"Behold, I make all things new!"

That's in Revelations. Jesus said it.

As an incurable romantic, I long for the day the Fall will be undone and there will be healing for all nations. But as an unceasing analyst, I know humanity does not have this power to create utopia - sin has entered the picture, tainting everything and everyone it touches. We need a new heavens and new Earth.

The family of Pixar is not stupid. They know exactly which heart strings to play in their story and they play it well. That's their genius.

The movie is G-rated - everyone can watch it. It has gotten top marks by several critics and I cannot fault that. Sign me up, I'm a believer!

But what is so touching, so painful, is to realize that our emotional landscape is this "future Earth" of Wall-E: barren with all the junk being compressed into little boxes. Stacked as high as skyscrapers, we just keep piling up our sins, hoping one day it will be fixed but not by us. All we can do is move them around to the people who wound us, the job that we hate, the failure of our friendships and relationships by our egos, etc., etc.

"If we say we have not sinned, we call God a liar and the Truth in not in us."

John wrote that in 1 John chapter one.

"If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness."

That's 1 John 1:9.

"Where are you? Did you eat of the tree I told you not to eat of?"

That's in Genesis 3. Adam is so ashamed, he tries to hide from God.

We understand him.

We understand Wall-E.

But thank God, He understands too. So He paid what we could not - and that was to draw us to Himself and redeem us.

Go see Wall-E. And if you feel barren, abandoned, alone and that you are digging through trash every day of your life, looking for SOMETHING good, you will find it... Jesus.

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