Today was a good day, we are going to our new church and the kids are starting to like Sunday school more, A just cried when I left her in the nursery instead of screamed. We dropped the kids off at Grandma’s afterwards and my husband took me on a date to see Les Miserables, it has long been a favorite musical of mine and I’ve read all of Hugo Wolf’s books, let’s just call me a big fan of his. The movie was amazing, great storytelling, the singing was acceptable and even good in some parts. (Not as good as on stage, but good enough). Afterwards we went out to eat and got to try prosciutto for the first time, it is kind of a cross between ham and bacon, very good. My husband watched the end of a football game at the in-laws and then we drove home and put our worn out kids to bed (Grandma decided to take them swimming)
We talked about money for a bit and my husband has things under control, I just need to trust him, even if he does things differently than I would, he really does a great job of providing and taking care of us. We also had an interesting discussion about whether Les Miserables is a Christian movie or not. It has many Christian ideas in it like the battle between grace and the law, and putting your trust in God and not yourself, and there is a lot about mercy in the movie also, but we decided that it couldn’t be considered a Christian movie because the gospel was not in it. Jean Valjean commits a sin, then he gives his life to God and he spends the rest of his life loving mercy, choosing to do right, helping others, and living for God. Sounds Christian, right? But it’s missing the most important part of Christianity, it’s missing the part that we CAN’T do good on our own, that’s why we need Christ, no matter how hard we try to be good, we’re going to sin and have a life with sin in it. Jean Valjean didn’t sin after he gave his life to Christ and that is not biblical and it’s not how the Christian walk really is. So this movie is spreading the lie that we can be good if we are a Christian and we try hard enough. We need to daily give our life, our burdens, our choices to Christ and let Him do the work through us, we will fail, we will fall, but we keep going to Christ and we keep trying, that is the truth, only Christ working in us can make things good, beautiful and true, never ourselves.
- Les Misérables: The Triumph of Mercy (gracesatisfies.wordpress.com)
- Les Miserables (crossroadjunction.com)