Comments from Rev. Karen Oehl
While watching TV with my husband recently I saw a commercial for the new Bruce Willis Die Hard movie. Its release date is February 14. “That’s what Hollywood decided to release on Valentine’s Day?” I cried with outrage to my husband. “Obviously they know that everyone loves Bruce Willis,” he replied.
I always think that movies and TV do not take advantage enough of the themes I would like to see emphasized. Like love. Why can’t we have a month of love movies in February, like they have at least a month of horror movies in October? Or we could at least recognize Black History Month. By the way, you can do a bit by watching The Abolitionists series on PBS.
Media will follow the love—the love of thrills, action, scares, and scores. But we in the church do not have to follow that love. We can follow the love that thrills to the very core of our souls: the love that God demonstrated in Jesus. This is a story of action. The action of touching, healing, and changing. It has scares. People were scared of real contact with the lost, of losing status, of leaving the familiar. And you can keep score. Every match between Jesus and the Pharisees/scribes/elders is sure to end in a Jesus win.
This month follow the love of God in Jesus Christ. On February 13 we begin the journey of Lent. Spend the day with someone(s) you love.