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A few years back, I watched a movie entitled “Valentine’s Day.” I can honestly say that was the last “romantic” movie I have seen. It ruined me. Give me explosions, give me guns, give me kidnapped puppies galore.
The movie had an ensemble cast. Plenty of funny lines and cute moments. The writers were able to weave all these love stories into one finely served up brillo pad of love.
I am glad that I saw it, because it did one thing. It cured me of looking to pop culture for any answers on love, on romance, on a whole bunch. If I was single, it might have done some part to inoculate me to romance at all. You know – the same way Splash convinced us that there are no real mermaids. The same way Sigmund and the Sea Monster almost convinced us that TV shows don’t need plots.
Well, Hill Street Blues rescued TV. Indiana Jones saved adventure. How can we save the romantic movie? I don’t think we can, unless we hand it over to the expert.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 WEB
If love is missing (Elohim) God, it is missing the main ingredient. Sometimes I think the reason we write so many books and plays about love is that we (culture) are trying to convince ourselves. If one movie can profile half a dozen romances and miss the mark every time, maybe we’re looking in the wrong direction.
Why do I go for the action flick? Well, they often do get it right (even if the plot is senseless). Look at Hacksaw Ridge. Right there you see someone laying down his life.
How can you not get Valentine’s Day wrong? Love your Maker, YHWH Elohim, with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. Then the love of Yeshua/Jesus will flow through you. Your intentions will be pure. Your romance will be made in heaven.
Do you know of any Hollywood romances that can restore my faith in the genre?
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