A friend just passed along the website for this movie. I’ve never read the book it’s based on, but I have read Richard Wurmbrand’s other account of his life, In God’s Underground. It is one of the most moving and profound books I’ve ever read. The movie looks to be just as powerful, but of course, read a book about if you need to choose one or the other. Nevertheless, check out these trailers. The second ends with one of the most courageous and powerful lines I’ve ever read (maybe, that was ever spoken…?).
From the book:
In 1945 a ‘Congress of Cults’ was called in the Rumanian Parliament building, with 4,000 representatives of the clergy filling the seats. Bishops, priests, pastors, rabbis, mullahs applauded as it was announced that Comrade Stalin (whose vast picture hung on the wall) was patron of the congress–they preferred not to remember that he was at the same time president of the World Atheists’ Organization. The trembling old Patriarch Nicodim blessed the assembly and the Prime Minister, Groza, opened it. He told us that he was a priest’s son himself, and his lavish promises of support, echoed by other personages who followed him, were appreciatively cheered.
One of the chief Orthodox bishops said in reply that in the past many political rivulets had entered the great river of his church–green, blue, tri-coloured–and he welcomed the prospect that a red one should join it, too. One leader after another, Calvinist, Lutheran, the Chief Rabbi, rose in turn to speak. All expressed willingness to co-operate with the Communists. My wife, beside me, could bear no more. She said, ‘Go and wash this shame from the face of Christ!’
‘If I do, you’ll lose your husband,’ I replied.
‘I don’t need a coward. Go and do it!’ Sabina said.
We’re launching a new video series today over at Truth on Campus.
Entitled “Honest Answers” (we’re trying to call it “an occasional vlog”) the videos will focus on a question Christians commonly get asked–and we’ll try to give a short, thought through answer. It’s designed to be evangelistic, in the sense of commending the gospel to people by clearing up common misunderstandings.
Whenever I’m in public talking with people about the gospel, I’m, always reminded of the high level of ignorance about anything to do with the message of Jesus that exists in our day. And with that high level of ignorance comes a lot of bad information. We know people won’t automatically love us if they have good info (nor will they automatically love Jesus; see John chapters 14 through 17). Even so, for our part we see it as an act of loving our neighbors to seek to smooth the path for them to receive the gospel by showing them that some of the reasons they might think they want to avoid Jesus are just mistaken.
The first installment of Honest Answers answers the common assertion that Christians pick and choose verses to criticize the morality of others, and then conveniently ignore other verses when they read the bible for themselves.
It ran a little long, and future episodes will be shorter, but we think the info is all solid enough to leave in. Let us know what you think about it, and all the other videos we’re releasing.
This is an important distinction, and doesn’t even take the whole minute and a half to explain.
This is the type of thing that is easy to post and then write big words about. I don’t want to cheapen someone else’s story (these are real people, peers), but here’s one observation about the video below: it seems to so perfectly line up with the kind of things the Lord’s been taking us through in the word on Monday nights–how would God have us connect to reality in His name and for His purpose…? …to live in the world, with people, for His purposes, and not for the purposes we create and long for… I hope, together, we’re beginning to see what a big thing it is to step into the life of God, the freed and redeemed life. Many small things may die along the way, but the narrow path leads to the open door of true life. But now I’m doing what I said I didn’t want to do. Here’s the story of Ian and Larissa:
Saw this the other day and thought it was good…creative and unique–a good look at what the incarnation was in light of the whole plan of God. When you have about 13 minutes…