Monday, February 14, 2011

One Word for Valentine's Day : Fireproof

Did you see the movie Fireproof when it came out? A church in Georgia produced it. The same church produced Flywheel and Facing the Giants. If you have a problem with "Christian" movies, get over it.

Fireproof is a gritty story about the kinds of challenges, including pornography, that destroy marriages.

Yesterday was World Marriage Sunday in the Catholic Church. I heard a priest give a sermon emphasizing that there are many facets of love, but the one most crucial for marriage is . . . no, not erotic . . . sacrificial love. Sacrifice for the loved one is what makes a blessing of marriage.

Everybody gets worked up when St. Paul tells wives to be "submissive" or "subordinate" to their husbands. The priest said that was a call to sacrifice, not subservience.

The priest said when Paul tells husbands to love their wives just as Jesus loved the church, he's talking about all-out sacrifice, about loving her as much Jesus loved the church. The priest pointed to the crucifix to remind us that Jesus was willing to sacrifice everything, including His life, for the church.

There's a point in Fireproof where the husband is getting frustrated because his wife does not reciprocate his gestures of sacrifice and love. He wonders in frustration how far he has to go when the recipient does not appear grateful for or interested in his efforts. His father points to a cross.

Click here to see a trailer.

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