Worth Reading and Watching
In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead, in large part, for insisting that people of color have equal access to public spaces within America. One year earlier, some of the best artists in Hollywood made the film Guess Who is Coming to Dinner, which pushed the same principle of "equal access for all" into private spaces; into the family. A radical idea for it's time. And yet, a first century idea, a Christian idea. (Gal.3:28) That being said, the exploration of race relations is not the primary reason I recommend this film. After all, our struggles with race relations are different (perhaps more complex) than those 50 years ago. We encourage people to watch this movie because it is about a community of family and friends working through the deepest of problems and the greatest of blind spots. Topics for discussion found here; "honoring thy father and mother," human identity and loneliness, what is most important in a spouse, and the role of Christian friendship. As for entertainment value; the script and acting are impeccable with three titans of film at the top of their craft. Enjoy!
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A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken.