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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Interlude: Priest

"To go against the Church is to go against God."

That is the quote I remember from this year's movie Priest. For those of you that don't know what it is:

There has always been a war between the humans and the vampire menace. The church gathers seven elite people, calling them "Priests" to protect the land from the vampire menace. When one of the Priests is corrupted by the vampires, he kidnaps the daughter of one of the Priests. Despite the Catholic Church ordering him not to go and that he will be excommunicated if he does, the Priest leaves the church and goes on a rescue mission after his daughter,

Now, you're probably thinking why on earth I'm mentioning this. Well, the film conveyed a message I thought was worth talking (or in this case, blogging) about. When the main character is talking with one of his acquaintances about rescuing his daughter despite the Catholic church telling him not to, the acquaintance says that quote, "To go against the church is to go against God." But then the main character answers, "I'm not going against God." I found that quite interesting, the movie depicts the Catholic church as corrupted, it lost its way. The people were worshiping the church, it was placed with a very high importance. Because of that, prayer to God, the most important thing, was lost. (Not saying that's how it is with everywhere, just saying what the film's message was.)

My take here is that worshiping with the church is great, but if the church becomes the main focus, the main reason: God, is lost. In the film, the main focus was the Church, and the people were blindly following it, unaware of what was happening around them. In their view, if the Church says it's true, it's true. The Church is here to teach us, help us spread the Good News, make friends with fellow believers, and to minister to the community. But not to make us focus on it. Not trying to sound judgmental or anything, just thought this message was worth writing about. :)

By the way, Priest is a pretty cool fast-paced film, check it out. (Ignore that 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)

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