Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Transformers

The other night Tom and I went out on a date to the movies. We saw Transformers. We never watched the television show the movie is based on but we were familiar with it. The good thing was we didn’t have to pay for it – free passes are cool.

What I liked about it:

1. I got to be with Tom
2. It was free
3. Cool special effects
4. Some funny lines

What I didn’t like about it:

1. It was too long
2. Too cheesy
3. Inappropriate scene (Just one in which the mom in the movie was talking about inappropriate activities of her son. It just wasn’t necessary and there were young children at the movie.) I know that some people may have enjoyed this movie and this isn’t meant to insult you. I was glad when it was over.

The whole premise for the movie is that these robots can change into cars, trucks or other machines. They can hide in plain view.

We are called to live in this world but not act as it does (2 Corinthians 10:3). Are we transformers? Do we hide in plain view of the world without the world knowing our “true identities?”

When we became Christians we are called to no longer conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We need to be seen. The problem has been Christians have a bum rap. People aren’t impressed with the fact we love God. Our witness is not in what we say but in what we do. Our actions speak louder than our words or ability to quote scripture verse on demand. If I’m truly transformed, then my walk will back up what my words say. If I’m truly transformed, then I’m not invisible. If I’m truly transformed, then the world will be drawn to Jesus instead of want to run away.

Sometimes because of the bad press we have as Christians we are called to hide in plain site. Our goal is to bless the people that Jesus came on earth to save – those who don’t know Him.

This weekend is our annual Water Follies in the Tri-Cities. The main attraction is hydroplane boat races. There are food and other types of booths. Our church has a booth and we purposely make our booth look like we are not a church. We do free dream interpretations and give free life readings (a life reading is simply a prophetic word). People won’t come to our booth if they think we are Christians. When they leave they are encouraged and uplifted. They come just a little closer to God. Stay tuned to learn more about this outreach. Until then have a great week.

© Nadine Z. 2007

22 comments:

palmtreefanatic said...

I have not seen this movie, my daughter has with friends and their parents at the drive inn...My son is DYING to see it but looks like a dvd will be out soon enough on it! I wondered whether I would actually like it...seems more like a guy thing?

have fun this weekend with your anual water follies, hope it goes well! Be Blessed!

Damselfly said...

Your church's booth sounds great! As usual, you have an interesting parallel on something everyday (the movie) with something spiritual.

meNmykids said...

You are so right about being transformed. Interesting way to get it across! Nice to get out with your man though eh?

Trina said...

I must be getting old because anymore a movie lasts too long. They are so predictable anymore and they seem like a waste of time. We still will go see one from time to time, but Im sure I would have totally agreed with your analogy of the whole thing. Great way to explain transforming!

Ann(ie) said...

You are a nice wife! I wouldn't go with my hubby....told him he had to find a date so he called his brother to go with him! It works for us...it gets him out of seeing chick flicks. =)

A Woman Who is: said...

Great piece Nadine. You have got me thinking again. I like that!

Art said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but I SO agree with you on how we sometimes must hide in plain sight. I am really starting to feel that this is my calling. I'm having a little trouble with the word "hide" because it implies dishonesty but one of my goals now is to show people that Christians aren't "this" or "that"... we are just like everyone else. Except that we've discovered something very special.

Cate said...

Hi Nadine! I think being Christian and being a mother is a similar thing. There is no way I can quote a bible verse to my 3 yr old or my 1 yr old and expect them to understand (not that I know any verses anyway). I have to show them how to be, show them right from wrong. Your church booth is sort of the same in that you are not telling people that you are christian, but you are showing them that you are. Have a great day!

Karolee said...

Great thoughts.

My boys have no desire to see this film and I am thankful for that. I have not heard good reviews about it.

I look forward to reading about your weekend.

Demara said...

Wow! That is really cool Nadine...are we transformers? Have we been transformed in Christ Jesus? I love it!!! And I would love to see your booth!

LL said...

hmm... yes. being transformed according to needs and circumstances...

kind of like recon in the army!

You're the best!

Elle*Bee said...

You make such great analogies from the seemingly everyday stuff. Great post!

JoeyJoeJoeJR.shabadoo said...

I Love when you read something and you literally have your heart feel like its being touched with Tingly God revelation. Transformer Christians made my heart feel good for some reason.

pinks & blues girls said...

The movie has been big around here because Rhode Island is home to Hasbro, the company that first came out with Transformers. I'm not a fan of those kinds of movies, though, either. But hey, like you said, you got a nice date night out with Tom!! That's pretty nice! :)

Jane, P&B Girls

Tammy said...

Not a movie I plan on seeing...LOL But a date with your hubby is almost always a good thing! :)

I hope your outreach booth goes well...what a wonderful idea!

Shionge said...

Hurray for free pass and a date out with Tom :D

It is amazing that from a movie it sets you to blog about something some meaningful. Thank you.

Shadraq said...

Nadine, there is more than meets the eye with you.

Diane said...

What a creative way to look at "transforming!" Great post!

Loved your check list of likes and dislikes. So often, I commiserate about seeing a bad movie...when I forget that I enjoyed it simply because of the company I was in! I think I've just stumbled upon a necessary transformation! We don't always enjoy the activities of our lives, but we can always enjoy (and appreciate) who we are doing the activities with and for!

Excellent post, my friend! Thanks for the nudge.

Diane

Joy said...

Did I miss it??? I used to watch Transformers on tv when I was much younger. I suspect the tv series would still come out better.

Joy
The Goddess In You

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

My hubby took my nephew to see the movie, by the sounds of your review I'm gald he did.
Your thoughts sure give me something to consider working at.
Have fun at your water follies!

Lala's world said...

man I felt my spirit yelling preach it sista... good word!!
hope your booth goes well!! sounds fantastic!

Louise said...

Great thoughts!!
Thanks for the mini review on the movie as well my boys really want to see it...a renter I guess!!
Have fun at the boat races!!