If the theater is our culture’s arena in which the big questions of life get asked, then the movie, Fireproof, could be one of the most strategic opportunities you have to impact your neighbors, coworkers, relatives, and friends!
Why? Because the big question that Fireproof dares to ask is this: Is a marriage really worth fighting for?
Take a look around you. This IS a question our culture is asking, but until now the answer from the Hollywood—on and off the camera—has been a resounding NO.
Fireproof challenges that erroneous Hollywood assumption.
While many are weighing in on the pros and cons of the movie, I want to simply ask you this question:
Will you dare to seize the evangelistic potential of this window of opportunity or will you simply be satisfied with the mere entertainment of going to see the next Christian movie?Thomas Rainer, author of Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, says “Ninety-six percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if they are invited.” Please stop and think about that for a moment! Rainer estimates that there are 160 million people in the United States who are unchurched—and he defines unchurched as attending church two or less times in a year. If his 96 percent figure is correct, the implications are staggering: Over 153 million people in America would start attending church if they were invited!
This begs the question:
If people are apt to come to church when they are invited, how much more might they be open to catching a movie when invited by a friend?You—yes YOU—will decide by your actions whether or not Fireproof is just another Christian movie.
Will YOU dare to ask someone—just one person in your sphere of relationships who hasn’t yet trusted Jesus Christ as his/her Savior—to go to the movie with you? After the movie, will you dare to sit across from your friends over coffee or ice cream and ask, "What did you think of the movie?" If money is an issue—pay! It would be a strategic eternal investment during a strategic window of time for our culture.
After all, the ultimate passion of Fireproof isn't marital in nature. It's about God’s passion to have a relationship with people who don’t yet have a relationship with him. And once we have a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ (as the movie so clearly points out), we have a foundation for having a growing, albeit, an imperfect relationship with others... including our spouse.
While I'm generally an optimistic fellow, I do have my cynical moments. Here's one. I sadly predict that, for most church goers, Fireproof will be just another weekend at the movies... mere entertainment for ourselves... again.
I'd love for you to prove me wrong. I really would.
* To find a theater near you, GO HERE.
* To check out Bill's review of the movie (his first ever movie review), GO HERE.
* Need training to learn to build credible relationships with the non-Christians in your life? Do the people in your church/ministry need this training as well? Check out Cadre Ministries’ Evangelism Is Relationships training workshop.