Spotlight - Love/Romance

Taking a Biblical Look at Movie Romance

Much of what young people know about love they learn at the movies. Actually, Hollywood has been influencing our attitudes toward love for over a century. Not many of the examples are particularly good ones. But there are films that, on occasion, get parts of it right. They show how love is willing to take risks, rejoice in the deepening pleasure of mature romance, and reveal our need to love and be loved. This newsletter has some of the best, so if you are thinking about preaching on love in February, here are some excellent illustrations to kick off your teaching.

The Lorax [PG]  view

Love risks everything for the beloved.

Ted is a boy on a mission. He believes that if he can bring home a tree, that he will win the heart of Audrey, the girl next door and the object of Ted's fondest romantic dreams. As John Eldredge notes in is book Wild At Heart, every young boy dreams of "a beauty to rescue" -- and so Ted sets out... Continue Reading

Galatians 2:20   Romans 5:6-8  

Hitch [PG-13]  view

Love takes risks.

Hitch has created a suave barrier in his life to protect him from real love; all the while he has been helping others to obtain it. Finally, Albert sees through the ruse. To Hitch love is just a job, to Albert, it is his life. As such, Albert is willing to sacrifice himself to get it back. What... Continue Reading

1 John 4:17-19   Mark 9:14-27  

Cheaper by the Dozen [PG]  view

Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

This short scene is a breath of fresh air in an entertainment culture that seems to focus exclusively on the love interests of the very young. A survey of recent Hollywood films would leave many people believing that romance dies with marriage -- but the married know that this is not so. Sure,... Continue Reading

Proverbs 5:15-18   Song of Songs 5:9-16  

Fiddler on the Roof [G]  view

Love is best expressed when actions and words work together.

It is simple for people to say they love each other -- it is much more difficult for them to live it out. Saying it is easy, living it is hard. Both Tevye and Golde have expressed their love in the way they have worked and sacrificed for one another over their twenty-five years of marriage. Still,... Continue Reading

Matthew 21:28-32   Ephesians 5:25-30  

Love/Romance - Quotations

Princess Leia: "I love you."
Han Solo: "I know"
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Forrest Gump: "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is."
Forrest Gump( 1994)

Edward Ferrars: "I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be...yours."
Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Westley: "Hear this now; I will always come for you."
Buttercup: "But how can you be sure?"
Westley: "This is true love. You think this happens every day?"

Westley: "I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?"
Buttercup: " were dead."
Westley: "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while."
Buttercup: "I will never doubt again."
Westley: "There will never be a need."
The Princess Bride (1987)

Landon: [voice over] "Jamie saved my life. She taught me everything. About life, hope and the long journey ahead. I'll always miss her. But our love is like the wind. I can't see it, but I can feel it."
A Walk to Remember (2002)

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