Good entertainment, but a faulty premise

Our oldest, Eli, is working this summer at Anderson University where he’ll be a junior next year. We are very grateful for the job but don’t get to see him as often as we’d like. But he got to come home for five whole days over the 4th of July weekend!

One of my favorite things about Eli coming home is that we share a love of movies and catch each other up on what we’ve seen or want to see. This time home we watched Unknown. If you haven’t watched it but plan to you might want to skip the remainder of this blog.

In short, a doctor just arriving in Germany is in a freak accident and hits his head. When we wakes up 4 days later he has no identification and his wife does not know him. What ensues is a difficult quest to find himself and the truth.

In the end we learn that he is a master spy on a very covert mission. But when he finally discovers, or remembers, all of this he is riddled with guilt and shame. The same thing happens in the Bourne Identity trilogy – also good flicks!

It’s a very engaging story with lots of action and suspense. I enjoyed it very much but something troubles me. Why is it that a simple bump on the head seems to reset a default button and a trained assassin becomes a selfless individual concerned with making everything right?

If that is all it takes then perhaps our penal system should take note and start thumping prisoners on the head. To be clear, that was sarcasm. I do not believe such a premise nor do I advocate abuse of prisoners.

This sort of storyline makes for engaging entertainment but it is based on the flawed premise that we are all basically good at heart. That’s popular humanistic thinking, but God’s word paints a different picture.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ~ Romans 3:23

We are not all basically good in nature but rather sinful and rebellious towards our Creator. We are not naturally inclined towards God’s will but our own. Our default is selfish, not selfless.

I’m not trying to browbeat or demean mankind. We are all made in the image of God which gives every human being immense value. But until we recognize our own propensity towards sin we will never come to the real solution which is new life in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Am I making mountains out of mole hills? I don’t think so. The basic premise of Unknown is everywhere today. It’s so subtle that we don’t even recognize it. Such thinking only makes it more difficult for us to come to God in humility and repentance.

Only God can transform darkened hearts to bring new life and teach us how to love as He loves!


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