Friday, May 30, 2014

REAL LIFE SUPER HEROES

I was invited to the movie Return To The Hiding Place this past Monday. I'm so glad he did because I probably wouldn't have gone otherwise.  The movie was the most moving and inspirational film I've seen in a long time.  It is the true story about Corrie ten Boom's "teenage army" told from the perspective of Hans Poley, one of the young leaders of the resistance fighters in Holland during the Nazi occupation.  "Return" is an incredibly compelling movie which gives us a better understanding and new look at the story of Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place.  

Poley is a college student who along with other students, work to help save hundreds of Jews and other Christians who are fighting the Nazi occupation. These young people sacrifice much, many with their lives for their fellow Christians and Jews who were being systematically exterminated.  They do it because of their faith in Christ, because it is the right thing to do. The acting is exceptional and the story keeps you riveted from the opening scene to the closing credits.  

As I watched spellbound by the difficult choices these teenagers make and their commitment to Jesus, I thought how these young men and women are the real, true inspirational heroes.  Their stories, even though they are from another time, need to be told to our young people.  Contrast these young adults to our culture's role models, sports stars and entertainers, who do their thing to gain fame and money, sacrificing little of consequence along the way. There is no question who the real hero is.  What a crazy messed-up culture we have created, where our young people can name a hip-hop artist's 12 top hits but couldn't tell you who fought in WW2.  One of the great quotes from the movie is, "As the will of the students go, so goes the nation".  It is so true looking back at history in Holland but it is a scary proposition for the future of America.  

If you have or know teenagers, take them to see Return To The Hiding Place this weekend.  Then have a discussion afterward about what they saw.  It will be a powerful lesson in history, faith and an inspirational couple of hours that will stay with you for a long time.  REAL LIFE SUPER HEROES

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