THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

January 17, 2015

Not an Entertaining Movie

Filed under: Uncategorized — danielhite @ 10:35 am

I was convinced to go see the movie, American Sniper, last night. It has haunted me since. If you are looking for entertainment, this is not the flick for you. They say, “War is hell,” and I’m sure it is, although I have never had to experience it first hand. I believe there is nothing good in war, although it can be used for eventual good. In the case of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, apparently the good is still yet to come. I have not read the autobiography and probably will not, so I am left with Clint Eastwood’s interpretation of Kyle’s life, be it accurate or not. I am writing this to release some pent-up feelings and impressions that I may not be able to process otherwise.

First of all, let me say that I do believe in the concept of there being a “just war” and a war of necessity, though politics certainly complicates that label. War happens because neither man nor this world is perfect. Earthly life is broken and tainted by man’s inclination toward sin and the corrupting power and greed it feeds within him. The only redeeming aspect is the calm after the storm of war and the providential grace of a God who has the ability to work it and make good come out of it. (Let the reader know that this is not an apologetic for war or sin or anything else, but simply a context for these few written thoughts.) Also, I would be remiss in not saying that I am grateful for our military and their willingness and courage to stand in the gap for us at home. They defend us and experience the calamity of war on our behalf. We should be an extremely grateful nation for this.

Well, here it is, short and sweet…American Sniper was a very, very sad story, and certainly not an entertaining one. The ravages of war make everyone a casualty of it. Kyle was certainly no exception. He brought his war story home and he and his family and friends paid dearly for it. Eastwood’s retelling of that story brought ravage to the viewer also. Many will look at it through the eyes of their own personal experiences; some as flashback, some as a distant horror, some as the consequence of conflicted choices, and some as hungry, violence-hardened consumers. But none will come away unaffected by the devastation of the sights and sounds of humanity at its worst. The violence is graphic, the language pervasive, and the effect of both overwhelming. The content was a slice of life I neither asked for nor wanted. And the message? Not a hopeful one. The war took its toll on Kyle and his military brothers, his family and friends, and on all of us. There is little doubt but that Chris Kyle is a war hero because of his achievements. As for the movie, although very well crafted and acted, I will not see it again, and I cannot recommend it to my friends (although my reaction will make it inviting for some). I paid to see it and I carry some regrets in doing so. They say, “curiosity killed the cat.” Well, I feel like something inside me died.

War is hell? Yes. Thank God war’s devastation will one day be wiped from the face of the earth and from our thoughts and memories. Even so, come, Lord Jesus…

Isaiah 2:4 – He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


1 Comment »

  1. SONday, January 18, 2015
    Good afternoon on a fine, fine day!
    Our Bible study verse for this morning? I Corinthians 10:13 …
    Thanks for your word of testimony: ‘been there ourselves.
    Praise the Lord for His grace and for His daily redeeming power,
    the Williams’

    Comment by the Williams Family — January 18, 2015 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

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