Yesterday in class we watched a video of Richard Curtis being interviewed by Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. It greatly impacted me in a positive way. Richard Curtis is a movie director who is very passionate about two things: the power of love and a concern for the poor. These passions were born when Richard Curtis spent four years in the Philippines and learned to recognize the reality of poverty at a young age. This stuck with him throughout his entire life. Here we have a man who is very connected to the secular, big name, TV and movie personal and yet is unashamed of making movies that don't make a lot of money in comparison to the big name titles out there. In fact, he mentioned that he had rejected some big time actors in order to allow his movies to have the greatest impact that it could. As Pastor Bill Hybels said at the end of the video before a congregation, this man hasn’t even got his relationship with God figured out and yet he is doing more to impact the world than we have ever done.
Our culture is extremely desensitized to the world around us. We are all about individualism. It is found in what we wear, watch, and listen to. It is wired in our culture to think of ourselves before others, to pray for our needs before others, to feed ourselves before others. This cannot be so. If a man who is not a devout Christian can make movies to open the public’s eyes, how much more can be done through the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us?