I had the wonderful privilege of seeing the independent film The Grace Card earlier today.Â It is an incredible movie about race relations, parenting, marriage, generational impactÂ and forgiveness.Â Movies like this that areÂ not in wide release may not stay at the theatres long, so go see it this weekend.
Here are the lessons:
- Impact Of Christian FathersÂ – Lead characters Mac McDonald and Sam Wright, played by Michael Joiner and Michael HigginbottomÂ respectively, are police officers whoÂ are doing their absolute best to lead their families albeitÂ with much different results.Â WhileÂ I assume that we all love our children,Â we cannot be the fathers we need to be apartÂ from a relationship with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ.Â
- StabilityÂ Provided ByÂ Wives – As both men struggle with the circumstances that lifeÂ brings their way, their wives are constant sources of support and stability.Â I was reminded how fortunate I am to have the wife I do.
- Christianity In The Workplace - The best thing Christians can do to have influence in the workplace is to do their jobs with excellence.Â What gave Officer Wright the right to openly share his faith was that he was a great policeman.Â Christians, you must earnÂ the right to be heard.
- Racism Is Alive And Well – This film explores racismÂ towardsÂ several groupsÂ – Mexicans, African-Americans, and yes even Caucasians.
- We Are All Managing Pain – Officer McDonald is dealing with the loss of a son while Officer Wright had not spoken with his fatherÂ for 12 years.Â Pain and dysfunction are now the default modesÂ of our society.Â Unfortunately, instead of dealing with our issues, we elect toÂ sanitize and manage them.
- We Are All Dealing With Disappointment - Officer McDonald was passed over for several promotions and having financial difficulties.Â Officer Wright pastored a struggling church and had difficulty finding his life’s true purpose.Â
- Difficult PeopleÂ Provide Tremendous OpportunityÂ - We must change the way we think about the difficult people in our lives.Â PeopleÂ aren’t broughtÂ into our lives to necessarily challenge us.Â It is more likely that we are inserted by God into their’s to helpÂ improve their quality of life.
- Bridge Building - The movie’s final sceneÂ takes place atÂ a moving multi-cultural service.Â Great leaders can build bridges with anyone.Â They can cross racial, socio-economic, generational, religious andÂ geographicÂ boundaries that often separate us.Â
- “Inside We’re Pretty Much All The Same” - How does a kidney from a black man work inside the body of a white man?Â Very nicely because on the inside, we’re basically all the same.Â To know what this means you must go see the movie.
- The Power Of Grace And Forgiveness - We don’t need collective bargaining.Â We don’t need a new invention.Â We don’t need the answers from the government.Â We don’t need another great blog post.Â We don’t really need justice.Â We need grace.
I hope this movie gets traction.Â This film would serve as a great template for how we need to address today’s issues.Â After seeing the movie, tell us what you think.
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