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    Monday
    Nov062017

    Beyond Belief

     

    My dear theologians,

     

    The hope of resurrection is woven into a thousand stories…Okay, probably more. One of the stories I like best is called The Shawshank Redemption. The hero, Andy Dufresne, initially underwhelms the narrator, Red: “I must admit I didn’t think much of Andy the first time I laid eyes on him…. Looked like a still breeze could blow him over.”

     

    Dufresne is unjustly arrested, tried, condemned, and beaten. But as we watch him through Red’s eyes, something like wonder begins to grow. In a brutal prison world he is kind. He is a man of hidden strengths who creates a library and helps his captors with their taxes. He is anxious for nothing: “Strolls like a man in a park without a care or a worry,” says Red.

     

    Andy is persecuted by the warden, a pharisaical hypocrite who hands him a Bible and tells him, “Salvation lies within” (in the end, it does, but I’m not telling you how: watch the movie).

     

    Andy, the Christ figure, and Red, the noble pagan, have a running argument about hope. Andy says that music is important in a prison – maybe more important in prison than anywhere else, because it reminds hearers that there is an unseen reality the powers of the prison cannot touch.

     

    Red asks what he’s talking about.

     

    Hope.

     

    Red says hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. Andy says hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies.

     

    Red finds out paradoxically that when he leaves prison (no I’m not telling you how: watch the movie), life without hope cannot sustain him. His options are suicide or return to prison, except for a promise he made to his friend Andy. He does what Andy had asked.  

     

    Red’s narration closes the movie:

     

    I am so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head….

    I hope I can make it to the border.

    I hope to see my friend and shake his hand.

    I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.

    I hope….

     

    To Andy, to Red, to my dear theologians: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Ro 15:13). He is risen! (He is risen, indeed!)

     

    In Your Debt,

     

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