Get Low and Chilled to the Bone

We watched the funny, thoughtful, death-ly serious movie, Get Low, tonight. The finale was soul-chilling.

Protagonist Felix Bush gets up to speak at his own funeral party. At long last, after a movie saturated with questions, guilt, and suspense, Felix is going to tell us the truth. He’s longed for forgiveness and freedom – though on his terms, not God’s – and at the last he’ll reveal his own “unforgiveable” sin.

What casts a cold pallor over the soul isn’t only the tale he tells – though that is chilling enough by itself – it’s the biblical truth underlying what happened. The Bible teaches that when one man intrudes into another man’s family – by adultery, fornication, rape, or violence – there will generally be blood to pay.

The Scriptures do not condone violence-for-violence; they rather teach the opposite – forgiveness and reconciliation (Romans 12:17-21). Yet, the Bible accurately reveals that the bent of the sin-soaked human heart during such family-breaking situations will be to deal in blood what was taken in blood (Proverbs 6:27-35). “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.”

Even if movie-makers don’t respect the marriage covenant anymore, they can’t avoid the fact that real people do. Felix Bush spoke of how he ruined three people’s lives with his marriage-rupturing sin; but, through his tears, he was warning me.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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