One of the 2015 movies that was well received by audiences
and highly provocative to me was The Walk. It’s PG-rated and based on the true story of Philippe Petit, a young French high-wire artist who became obsessed with his ambition
to do the most spectacular feat he could imagine: Walk on a tightrope between the north and south towers
of the World Trade Center. The story is narrated by Philippe himself (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and so the audience knows he is still alive as he spins his tale, but even so,
the suspense is so intense that my husband had to floss his teeth for a while
just to break the tension while we watched. 🙂 Truly, the story is both serious and humorous, terrifying and charming, happy and sad. I don’t want to give away the ending, but if you’re over 50 you might even remember reading about the event, which occurred on August 7, 1974. What was most provocative to me about the whole movie was wondering what in the world would motivate somebody to want to risk his life by walking between the twin towers of the World Trade Center? I remember hearing about it and thinking Petit must have been nuts! On the other hand, I know there are plenty of people out there who wonder what motivates Christians to attempt the seemingly impossible at times too. I have a number of friends who risk their lives every day to share the gospel
“so that others may live.” What motivates believers to “walk the walk” of faith?
I’m not sure what motivated Philippe Petit, but I do know what motivates me. From the bottom of my heart, I believe that the gospel is really true. I believe that Christ died for the sins of the world, and that all who repent and turn to him become new creations in Christ with the potential to overcome sin, experience love, joy, and peace in this life, and eternal life forever. That’s even better than finding a cancer cure, and so you can believe it’s worth risking my life to share! How about you? Got any burning passion in your heart? “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).