Aug 9, 2008

What makes you cry?

As the nation heads toward the home stretch in electing a new president, Entertainment Weekly is helping reveal the deeper side of the two candidates. In separate interviews both McCain and Obama were questioned about movies, television and video games. One question, in particular, was very interesting. The question was, "What was the first movie that made you cry?.. McCain's answer was "Bambi.. and Obama answered "Born Free...

 

I don't think I have seen "Born Free.. since it was released in 1966, but I do remember it.

 

If you have never seen this movie, it is a story about a Kenyon game warden and his wife who adopt an orphaned lion cub. As the cub grows the couple realizes that they cannot keep her forever. She needs to either go to a zoo somewhere or be returned to the wild. At the end of the movie the couple says farewell and it is very sad.

 

I am not sure I would cry at this movie today. As I get older, I find that I get emotional for different reasons. Nevertheless, here are my top movie (and book) tear-jerkers:

 

  • "Star Trek Wrath of Khan" when Spock dies saving the ship.
  • "Where the Red Fern Grows" When Big Dan gives his life for Billy.
  • "Charlotte's Web" When Charlotte dies and saves Wilbur's life one last time.
  • "Ordinary People" When Conrad finally deals with his past.

 

This topic got me wondering if there will be crying in heaven. Scripture doesn't say much. What we do know is that there will be no sin, there will be deeper relationships with others and most importantly, we will be in the presence of God. The Bible says heaven will be true joy.

 

But there have been many times when I have been so filled with joy that I cry. And that feeling of joy is one of the most powerful human emotions there is. So while heaven may not be filled tears of sadness, I believe that there will be times when we are filled with tears of joy.

 

You and I will be there. Because Jesus freed us from sin. Through Him we are born again. I guess you could say that in heaven we'll be "born free..."

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor David Hook