This week a very un-holy-day is celebrated: Halloween. I personally do not celebrate it or participate in it. There are some pretty bad things that happen behind the scenes and I don’t want to lend support to a very secular and Satanic day. I will lend support to church and community events that are clean and protect children and keep their focus on God. I never was in to horror and slasher movies that seem to go along with Halloween. M. Night Shyamalan’s movie “Signs” with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix is as scary as I ever get anymore with movies . Fortunately, it’s a movie with a lot of spiritual insight. You may think it is just a movie about scary aliens, baseball bats and glasses of water, but it is really a movie about one’s faith. In this movie the earth is facing destruction by aliens, although at first mankind did not know this for sure. Here is a synopsis of the movie to get you up to speed:
“In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Colleen Hess, the wife of local priest Reverend Graham Hess, dies a horrific death in a traffic accident. After the accident, Graham denounces his faith and his vocation to work full time on his farm. His brother, Merrill, a former minor league baseball player known more for his batting brawn than his finesse, moves into the farmhouse to assist his brother in looking after Graham’s two adolescent children, asthmatic son Morgan and daughter Bo, who has a finicky taste for water. Six months after the accident, crop circles appear in Graham’s corn field. They initially speculate that local trouble-making youth could be the culprits. However they learn that theirs is only one of a number of crop circles made simultaneously worldwide. In addition, animals have been acting erratically. Morgan and Bo seem to have a better sense of what is happening than the adults. Based on other evidence, the family slowly begins to believe that the crop circles are only one of many signs being sent by extraterrestrials. Not knowing if the extraterrestrials are friendly or not, the Hesses take extreme precautions to protect themselves. Graham also begins to believe that nothing that happens is by chance, and that everything has a reason.”
By the time you come to the ending scenes of the movie the Reverend finally realizes that through various tragedies, life changing events and strange habits of children God is speaking to them. He is giving them a message that will save their lives and mankind. All of us can understand how a Reverend or anyone spiritually minded can become angry with God when their loved one is taken in a tragedy and how they can walk away from their faith. And yet sometimes it doesn’t take a tragedy to take someone away from their faith.
Today many Christians are consumed with spiritual apathy (lack of concern or interest) and even gone to the point of spiritual apostasy (abandonment of loyalty to one’s faith). Many of these Christians don’t even realize that they have walked away from the Lord or are missing out on what could be a very special, close and growing relationship with Him. They may not have left their career as a minister to run a farm like Reverend Hess, but they have walked away from the things that make them spiritually alive. They walk away from regular church attendance, daily bible reading, attending a bible study online right from the convenience of their home, they walk away from serving at Vacation Bible School, and they walk away from meeting peoples needs. Christians will make choices like watching TV over bible reading or bible study because they feel too tired or they have been too busy at work and need to crash when they get home. Maybe Sunday is there only day off or Saturday they were too busy with house chores and now going to Church on Sunday would take away some of their down time. Maybe their kid just has to be on the little league even though they know it conflicts with worship services. Little every day things drag people away from opportunities to spend time with God. Little by little spiritual apathy sets in.
God will send us signs, just like we see symbolized in this movie “Signs”. He sometimes has to finally grab a hold of us and make us look at him with something even bigger and scarier like an alien invasion. Prayerfully that won’t happen to any of you reading this. Take some time today and think about what habits you use to have when you first received the Lord or began attending church. Were you exited about your walk with the Lord and what you were learning? Were you eager to find ways to serve Him? Were you fascinated with what you found out about God while reading His Word? Did you attend Church more regularly? What are your habits now? What are your lifestyle choices now? Where are you on Sunday morning or Wednesday night? What do you do with your time before you go to work or when you come home? What helps you to make your decisions when you are planning your schedule during the week? Sometimes even when we are too tired or too busy, if we would just ask God (something Christians in love with the Lord should be doing), He would provide us with the grace and priority knowledge to make time for Him and service for Him. Then we would grow even closer to Him. God would be so pleased with us. He loves us so much and just wants us to love Him back. Have you lost your first love?
Revelation 2:3-5 says, “3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
Revelation 2:18-20 says, “ 18″To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.