I watched the movie Fireproof last night for the first time. I know I’m coming late to the party, and as I understand, the movie has its fair share of critics who say Christian art often doesn’t compare in quality to its secular counterpart. And the movie has its fair share of proponents who say that movies like this stand to redeem art from our evil culture.
Whoever is right is less important to me right now; I’m simply glad the team that made this movie did so. I found parts of it to be compelling, other parts to be cheesy, and other parts to be a myopic index of standard hot topics for many modern Evangelicals.
But I loved the movie—and here’s why: the story reminded me, in tear-filled fashion, that Jesus changes lives. He shines brightly into darkness. He renders the impossible possible by the power of His Word and His love. He breaks people, and in doing so, makes them whole.
He heals marriages.
He restores broken relationships.
He releases addicts.
He melts hardened hearts.
He humbles the proud.
He brings purpose to the lost.
He opens the eyes of the blind.
I find it difficult to remember all of this sometimes. I find it far easier to “move on” from this sort of thing to thinking on weightier theological issues. I look at our being conformed into Christ-likeness as a forward-looking process, foregoing an awareness of where I have come from, and how Jesus first changed me.
Fireproof reminds each of us of our first love, Jesus, and it awakens within us a sense of gratitude and joy in being changed people. This is the reminder for which I am grateful.
Having said all this, I don’t know that being changed people is the foundation of our faith. I’m not even sure it’s end of our relationship with Him—it’s more likely a means towards the end of glorifying Him with all of our beings.
But being changed, and the One who continues to change us, is good to remember, and remember often.
Question: Have you seen Fireproof, and if so, what were your thoughts?