MOVIES | Ben McEachen
Thursday 2 April 2015
The Fast and The Furious movies have something do with being a Christian. Not because there are any “Give your life to Jesus” moments in Fast and Furious world. But these action films, aimed squarely at the adolescent market, have the constant buzz of risk-taking. For many people, the same buzz applies to putting your faith in God’s beloved Son.
The seventh instalment of the fast, furious franchise is now showing at cinemas. Furious 7 slops over with gargantuan stunts involving expensive cars and petrol-heads who fear nothing except being responsible drivers. Don’t worry about the plot, as it merely is pin-striping on the paintwork of a drag racer. Instead, as I can confirm, these movies are silly bursts of adrenaline that you know you shouldn’t enjoy so much.
While Furious 7 and its earlier models are all about taking frightening risks, don’t worry about teens and 20-somethings being inspired to try the same things at home. Instead, let them know Fast and Furious car stunts are child’s play. The real rush is deciding whether to be a devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
As Jesus himself stated, no-one can be his disciple without “bearing their own cross” or “saying good-bye to all their possessions” (Luke 14:25-33). Strong, scary words which require more investigation and understanding. But they indicate that putting your faith in Jesus is not for the faint-hearted, and come at a personal cost.
However, the good news is, unlike Fast and Furious risk-taking, following Jesus isn’t actually risky business. The end result is assured and death-defying – in an eternal, protected way. Vroom, vroom.