Seventy-six years ago, that portion of World War II that was fought in Europe closed with the Allied Forces’ invasion of Normandy and their relentless, though costly, march on Berlin. With the troops’ subsequent discovery of Hitler’s death camps, the world found itself face to face with genocide of colossal proportions: 11 million dead, more than six million of them Jews. To this unfathomable horror–and to the shocking news that some of the Christian community of Germany was complicit—the vow was voiced around the globe, “Never again!”
The new Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix has been stirring up some controversy lately, and when I see a film being hotly debated in the media, I want to have a look to see if any truth can be found to the various debates. The arguments with this film include the common ‘copycat’ concern, rightfully intensified by the Aurora, CO shooting at the opening of Dark Night Rises, but I have also seem some parties asking if we need another movie with a crazy white killer! Yes, people have been crawling out of the woodwork to talk about the Joker movie.
In our continuing study on the fruit of the spirit, we have come to goodness, which seems very related to kindness. It is does differ however in that kindness is more passive, like a toleration of other people. Goodness has an implication of strong moral character, the opposite of badness.
In our discussion of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit, we have come to kindness. This word could hold two possible meanings: fraternal affection or tender concern. The difference between the word meanings are subtle, yet present. In fraternal concern, we feel a desire of well-being towards our friends and loved ones that surpasses the love we would feel toward a stranger.
We come now to the fourth manifestation of fruit of the spirit, and that of patience. I can say without a doubt this is a manifestation that is really missing from our current culture. Even the worst of parents can muster some love for their children and the most difficult person can see some joy in simple things of life, but our culture has long been moving toward lack of patience, mostly brought on by modern convenience.
Last week we looked at the manifestation of joy in our life with Christ. That joy, stemming from the love of Christ, will thus lead us to peace. This manifestation melts away the worries of life and leads us to be calm in Christ. Examine the advise Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount: