Free Documentary and shattering self realization

Come&Live! recently took a trip to New Zealand with Ascend the Hill and The Ember Days.  The talented Andy Reale made a 30 minute documentary of their journey.  It is a beautiful film.

For quite some time now, I have felt that Western (especially Southern Californian) faith is muddled with skepticism and cynicism. It’s an easy pill to swallow because it makes “sense” and it’s far from an embarrassing mantle to wear. But cynicism is not the call, and it’s not what Christ modeled to us.

While reading this morning in 1 Corinthians I came upon this verse~

      For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,  and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,  so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,  so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

In the documentary, there are many resounding encounters of street evangelism that remind me of the urgency we should all have to share Jesus.  I feel smart and safe with my post evangelical lifestyle, but it lacks the bold innocence that we are called to in scripture (James 5:14-16)

 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

As a result of watching this film, I feel a call to boldness.  Say goodbye to self preservation and hello to self sacrifice.

-The Polfessor (andrew)

About this film: New Zealand was the last landmass on earth to be discovered, making it the youngest nation in the world. Though explorers may have tarried in making this new discovery, God has always had His eyes on her.