Sermon for February 13th, 2022

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Romans 8:28-30

28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Galatians 5:13-15

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;[a] only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

Faith & Film X: Free Guy

Three Minute Film Synopsis

Free Guy will certainly NOT win best picture at this year's academy awards. But I think it is definitely the light-hearted, feel-good, funny, inspirational movie of the year. And it was nominated for at least one academy award: Best Visual Effects!

Guy--the main character of the film--lives in Free City, where he takes care of his goldfish (Goldie) and works at the bank with his best friend (Buddy). Of course, if you paid attention to the trailer a few seconds ago, you already know that Guy is a program, a background character in a video game. His sole purpose in life is to occasionally to get punched in the face by the "real" players in the game. You can tell the difference between the "real" players and the non-player characters because the real players wear sunglasses, which help them to see things that allow them to play the game.

When Guy falls in love with one of the real, sunglasses-wearing players, his life (and his programming) start to change. The girl he falls in love with is Molotov Girl, or in real life Millie Rusk--a computer programmer who wrote the original code for the video game along with her partner Keys, which was then stolen by Antwan, the current owner of the Free City Video game, and the film's primary villain. Antwan has turned the code written by Millie and Keys into a violent, degrading (but popular) video game experience. Their original code, however, was an experiment in creating an evolving and self-aware artificial intelligence.

Inspired by Millie, Guy begins to turn the video game world upside down, by basically being a "good guy"--helping and protecting his fellow NPCs from the violence of the players. People in the real world take note of this, although they don't realize that "blue shirt guy" is a program himself. Eventually, Millie and Keys figure it out, right around the same time that the Antwan attempts to shut down the game so he can release a sequel, and hide any proof that he stole the code. Shutting down the game, however, would also wipe out Guy, his world, and all of his friends. So Keys and Millie hack into the system to try to save them, while Guy and all of his friends band together, and the "real life" gamers of the world watch in suspense. After several explosions, crumbling buildings, wild car chase scenes, and even a boss fight at the end, Antwan manages to destroy their world, but in a final twist, the video game characters are able to use the original code from Millie and Keys to create a paradise for themselves where they can be truly free, and happy, and themselves.

Freedom vs. License

Opening the Eyes of the Blind

Paradise Lost & Regained

"what if I could tell you that you could be more, your life could be fuller? That you're free to make your own decisions, your own choices?"

WE don't wear sunglasses.

Put 'em on. LIfe doesn't have to be something that just happens to us.