"Why so serious…"

A few weeks ago Amy came by my office with the boys and a present, Batman: The Dark Knight! We saw the movie a few months prior in the theater and were completely amazed by the quality. When we walked out of the theater, we both said that we would love to go see the movie again, right then! While Christian Bale does a tolerable job of playing Batman, the real star of the movie was Heath Ledger, who played the Joker. His performance was nothing short of inspired…in fact, now that I have the DVD I will sometimes just skip ahead to the chapters that he’s in.
With as much as I loved the movie, there was one scene that made absolutely no sense to me. In one of the final scenes, the Joker had planted bombs on two different ferry boats and had left the bomb trigger for the opposite boat on each ferry boat (make sense?). Anyway, the point was that the Joker knew that the scared passengers would eventually blow up the other boat to save their skins. As the clock winds down and the Joker fight with Batman on a roof top both boats remain intact and Batmam shouts out victoriously “This city just showed you what it’s made of…” referring to the fact that the good citizens of Gotham refused to blow each other up. While I have no idea how this kind of “social experiment” (as the Joker called it) would go in real life, what rang hollow for me was the unbridled confidence in human goodness. It was as if Batman just knew that because human beings are so naturally good, there was no way that they could do something so terrible. I suppose the reason this scene seemed so far out of place is that mankind is not naturally good. On the contrary, the Scripture says that “there is none righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). Or as Moses writes in Genesis 6:5 “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Of course, none of this means that I didn’t enjoy the movie rather it was a stark reminder to me of the difference of the Christian Theistic Worldview from that of the unbeliever. Maybe, I’m thinking a little too much…but on the other hand maybe most of us don’t think nearly enough about the media that we consume and the presuppositions which that media brings.
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December 26 2008 11:02 pm | Devotional

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