Posted by: Psal121 | August 13, 2011

Good Movie

Turner Classic Movies is showcasing different actors everyday in the month of August. What I love about this is I get to see actors I am not so familiar with and enjoy actors I love.  Today is Jimmy Stewart’s day.  It’s a Wonderful Life is my all time favorite movie.

But tonight I got to watch The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.  There are lots of reasons I like this film.  One of the main reasons I like it is because it shows what happens when we ignore evil.

For those who don’t know, Liberty Valance was a man who terrorized a territory.  He robbed and beat the citizens. Valance could do whatever he wanted without fear of punishment.  The evil that the town ignored began to get worse and worse.

This movie, made in the 1962, is like our lives today.  We are surrounded by evil and like the towns people in the movie, we ar trying to ignore it. We are hoping it will get bored and go away. But just like in the movie, it is getting worse and worse.

In the movie, Jimmy Stewart plays a lawyer who moves from the east to the west.  Unlike others moving west, Stewart’s character, Ransom Stoddard does not pack guns.  Stoddard brings law books.  Stoddard hopes to use the law of the land to bring the town into a right relationship with the rest of the country.

How many of use feel like Stoddard in that we are walking around with God’s law trying to bring an evil world into a right relationship with God? Stoddard took a whipping from Liberty Valance on his first encounter with him.  Valance made Stoddard’s life miserable by disrupting any progress he was making in town.

I bet you can relate to this also. I bet every time you seem like you are moving forward with what God has entrusted to you, you get a major set back.  Like Stoddard, there are difficulties in your life.

This battle is not ours. It might not be won with a gun from our holster.

Spoiler alert: The devil is defeated. Christians win.


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