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12 Years a Slave

Posted by GFNSProductions on March 10, 2014 at 2:55 AM

I recently had the priviledge of watching the movie "12 Years A slave", and I must honestly say that no other film has broken my heart so many times in one showing as this one. 12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery.(Source: Wikipedia) Each seen was riddled with lessons and the saddest part of it all was that this was a true story. Worst than that was the many acts of injustice that were perpetrated by so called 'Christians' during that era under the guise of biblical authority. I have said it before along with others that although some may carry out unspeakable autrocities in the past and present and yet claim to be "Christian" doesn't mean that the problem is with Christianity or The Bible in themselves. My fellow brother's in Christ have explained it this way in the past:

Imagine a doctor who writes a prescription for a sick patient, yet the patient chooses not to follow the doctor's directions as prescribed. Instead of taking 1 pill every 4 hours, he takes 6 pills within 1 hour, and subsequently dies. Would you blame the doctor and the prescription for the patient's death? Of course not! Similary, YHWH God [The Doctor] has given man [the sick patient] a life saving prescription [The Bible]; yet, at times we choose not to follow the prescription as directed. Yet, some choose to blame YHWH God and The Word for the wicked acts carried out by those claiming to know His prescription but choosing not to follow it correctly. [Illustration from the Reasoning Book published by Jehovah's WItnesses]

I couldn't help but cringe everytime I heard the sweet life saving word's of my Savior Jesus Christ being uttered out of the mouth of the oppresors in the movie. I couldn't help but wonder what part would I play if I was present back then? Which characther would I be? How would I react to slavery? In fact, during the course of the movie I had several flashbacks of my life and it became apparent that several mentailties and scenarios found in the film are still present today. I just think about such victims as Trayvon Martin, and Oscar Grant that have gained media exposure in recent years. Their deaths at the hands of white men under the guise of protecting and serving society parallels alot of the accounts of lynching found in the film. Worst yet is that these are just a drop in the bucket compared to the ocean of injustices in America today fueled by racism. Yet, it would be delinquient of me to overlook the killings of blacks by their own race, which currently pale in comparison. Which leads me to believe that there is something more sinister involved. The mentality that continues to perpetuate these unjust killings is one that is not exclusive to any one race or culture. Their are two underlying reasons behind these acts: 1) When we fail to see one another as extensions of ourselves (our neighbor), then we have no reservations in taking their life. 2) When we do not value our own life in our own eyes, then we will not value the lives of others even when we do see them as extensions of ourselves. It comes down to Jesus' 2nd greatest command, namely: "Love Your Neighbor As Yourself" (Mark 12:31) Do you see how a problem can arise based on the two premises outlined above? How can you love your neighbor if you don't love yourself? How can you love someone when you don't consider them your neighbor? The facts speak for themselves. Regardless of your race, we are all guilty and in need of repentance. (1 John 1:10)

Categories: Movie Reviews, Religion, Parables

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