An Open Letter to Sting, of the Police

Dear Sting,

It has been some time since you released your song, O My God, on your album, Synchronicity. In fact, as I write this, it’s been 34 years. You are probably as shocked as I am at how time flies. But it does fly and I wanted to write to you a response to that particular song.

Please note that when you first released the album, I bought it on cassette tape and listened to it over and over on my Walkman, and eventually by Teac Cassette player, with Kenwood amp and Klipsch speakers. Synchronicity was one of my favorite albums and I believe, your Magnum Opus with the Police. So know that the words are burned into my conscious, which is frustrating on one level.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales — A Review

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to take my two boys, Andy and Joey, to see the movie Pirates of the Caribbeans: Dead Men Tell No Tales. There are so few movies that I want to see, I was hopeful that this one would be agreeable to all three of us. Well, let’s just say that I was duly disappointed. I felt like it was just one rehashed scene after another. However, the ending was quite satisfactory and gave the impression that Disney would be letting the series lie dormant for the near future. That might be a good idea and give the writers a chance to… rediscover their creative juices, so to speak.

But given that I was rather bored with the movie, I thought I would have Andy and Joey write a review for those of you who have not yet seen the movie. I had both of them write what they liked and didn’t like about the movie. Remember that they are 12 and 10 respectively, so their discernment when it comes to movies is lacking, along with much of their spelling. We’ll have to work on both of those as they grow and mature. Realize that Andy is dyslexic, so his spelling is atrocious. But I love what he writes because it makes more of a statement about the movie that he realizes. Spoiler alert, he revels something about the ending. Here are Andy’s thoughts:

I’m Andrew H. and I saw the pirits of the cairedeian. The first thing that I liked was the add (advertisement about) spiderman! It looked so cool and I encerig (encourage) you all to watch it. What I didn’t like was the fack (that) some guys came back from the dead to kill someone that kreeps me out! It also had Captain Barbosse die wiche relly disterb me! I geus the ending was good but that’s about it!

Just that fact that he loves the preview of Spider-Man tells you something about the movie we paid to see. Here are Joey’s thoughts:

Today I watched a cool movie about piraites called “piraites of the caribian” (4th movie) I liked many part in it one of the parts was at the begining where Jack Sparro (A.K.A Johnny Depp) and his crew took horses and hooked them all together connected to a safe (1T) in  a building, but the safe would not come out of the building so they ended up pulling a bank accross town. I didn’t really have any dislikes in the move and thats what made it a good movie.

The parenthetical thoughts are Joey’s not mine. In Andy’s, they were mine. I’m not sure what Joey meant by (1T).

All this to say, Joey gave it a thumbs up, and Andy gave it a thumbs sideways. I think anyone who has yet to see it should save their money and wait for it to come out on Netflix. You don’t have Netflix? Well then, you are blessed indeed, because you are now under no obligation whatsoever to watch the latest edition of Pirates of the Caribbean (actually the 5th… and hopefully, last installment).

One last addition: Joey gave me an illustration for his review.

“Suck it, Jesus! This is my God now!”

By now you have heard of the recent employment downfall of Kathy Griffin. She decided to pose for a photographer with a fake, bloody head of Donald Trump, thinking that it was funny and would make some political points somewhere. I’m not about to jump on the bandwagon for her indiscretion and lack of discernment. It was tasteless, but cartoonists and political punsters have been making tasteless comments about presidents for 150 years.

What has also surfaced, as you can see from the meme above, is her statements when she won an Emmy. I think the Emmys are kind of like the Oscars, only for television and not movies. I don’t remember her winning her Emmy, since I don’t bother to watch or keep up with either the Oscars or the Emmys. I use to read about the Oscars and then watch whatever got nominated for best picture, but after watching No Country for Old Men, and being horrified, and reading about Brokeback Mountain, I decided that the Oscars were no longer a good judge of movies. But I digress.

When Griffin won her Emmy, she made a point of not thanking Jesus like many before her had done. In fact, she says she won the Emmy without His help at all. That is when she made the statement in the title of this post.

This has led some Christians to start a boycott of anything having to do with Griffin. It has also caused some to be angered and infuriated. I know the temptation. As a Christian, it’s our turn to be the victim!

Well, no, it’s not. Since our LORD and Savior suffered the greatest injustice of all time, being tried, found innocent, and crucified without saying a word of complaint, we should never complain when the world treats us in like manner. He has obviously decreed our sufferings and we should expect no less than what Jesus suffered. If we don’t suffer the same, then we should count our blessings.

So how should we respond to Griffin? My response is pity and prayer. Yes, what she said in the title of this post is sad, but at least it is honest. She is telling us who she really is and is only living out the life of one in rebellion against the Triune God who is. This should cause us to be sad for her. She is lost and without hope. She is among those who clearly fall into the category of being children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-5). His condemnation rests upon her (John 3:18). She has no hope of eternal glory outside of Christ and is blinded by the god of this age, represented by her Emmy, and she is perishing (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

In other words, she is acting out who she is and her view of God. As Christians, we too were children of wrath. I know before I tasted God’s grace in my own life that I had nothing but hatred for Christians and their God. I thought them fools and idiots. And then by God’s grace, I became one of them.

This is what Griffin needs. She doesn’t need our condemnation, Christ’s condemnation is enough. She needs our payers, our sympathy and the gospel. Are we going to show her the love of Christ by declaring some meaningless boycott (after all, what movies or shows has she really been a part of?). Boycotts, while they do make a great show of things, are really a waste of time for Christians. I say this because our weapons of warfare do not include boycotts.

Our weapons of warfare do include prayer. This is the other thing that we should do for Griffin, pray for her. If she angers us, pray for her and be thankful that God has opened our eyes to the truth of the gospel, which we don’t deserve any more than Griffin does, and ask that HE will show her the same grace that He has shown us. We may have the opportunity to do more than just pray and pity her, but let prayer and pity be at least our starting point in responding to the world’s hatred.

Going Kyle Field!

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The crowd noise was deafening as the Gamecocks made their way toward the south end of the field. The Aggies’ defense had held the Gamecocks in check for two plays, then on the third play, the Gamecocks broke through for a 25-yard gain. They picked up another gain on the next play to the Aggies 40-yard line. It seemed they were going to score with how easily they moved the ball. Every time the quarterback set up under his center, the crowd just got louder.

I leaned over to Heidi so she could hear me above the noise of the crowd, “we’re due for a turnover.”

A few seconds later, Donovan Wilson intercepted the ball and ran it 60-yards for a touchdown, Aggies took a 35-21 lead. Kyle Field erupted and I couldn’t help but laugh that I made that call.

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The Gospel According to Willy Wonka

I was taking my classes through the play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when we came to a question about symbolism. I really haven’t said a lot about symbolism, so I wasn’t expecting much from them. Then I started thinking about the symbolism and it occurred to me that the story is an allegory for the gospel itself. I’m certainly not the first person to come up with this understanding of the play. Others have made the case, if you do a search of my title, you can find them.

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Argo, Russia the Ukraine

ArgoIt’s becoming obvious that if you want an up-to-date movie review, Timothy Matters is not the place be. I rarely go to movies when they first hit the big screen because of the expense. Yes, I do go to the matinees when I go, but I also insist on popcorn, candy  and a drink so I can enjoy the full-movie experience.

It’s much cheaper to go through Netflix to watch all the latest movies. This week, I’ve watched Argo and Lawless. Both were exceedingly well done and had me on the edge of my couch. Actually, that’s not true. During Argo, I jumped up several times to pace back and forth, so technically I wasn’t on the edge of my seat.

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Some Thoughts on the movie, The Son of God

Apparently there is a new movie out entitled The Son of God that is about Jesus, His ministry and His death. And there have been attempts by the promoters of this movie to do with it, what was done with Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ. If you recall with the first movie, many in the church made a big deal to try and get as many people to go as possible, using the movie as an evangelistic tool. I was opposed to this type of evangelism then, and now. I see it as a lazy man’s attempt to get his wife-beating brother in-law to come to Christ. Of all those who supposedly came to know Christ because of Gibson’s presentation of Jesus, how many are truly believers today?

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Frozen

EDITOR’s NOTE: This is the Official Timothy Matter’s movie review. All though, I only play pretend movie critic once in a while, like now.

I found myself in line to see the movie Frozen this past Wednesday with my boys, Andy and Joey. I was driving around town and stopped in to see my father and he suggested I take them to see a movie. Frozen was playing. I had no idea what the movie was about, but given that it was a Disney, I thought that it must be good. One of Dad’s employees also said she read a review saying it was really good.

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The War Horse

I’m subbing a history class today. Since they are studying World War I, the teacher has us watching the movie, War Horse. There isn’t enough time to see the entire movie. I’m into the third showing. I think the premise of the movie is: THIS is a Steven Spielberg movie, therefore you must like it. I don’t. It’s quite predictable and just because he used wide sweeping panoramic views and sappy sentimental music doesn’t make up for the fact that the movies is just about a horse.

This movie is rife with the cliches from Spielberg’s toolbox, a beautiful center piece in the horse, a broken down and foolish farmer who buys the horse, the wise son who trains the horse, the evil man who is owed money on the horse and the goose who provides comic relief.

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