“Mature” and “Christian” Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

January 25, 2013 — 1 Comment


I realize that I’m falling in line with countless others who have been talking about Les Misérables, but I don’t care.

My sister-in-law, Demaree Hill, played her on Broadway.

My sister-in-law, Demaree Hill, played her on Broadway.

Sara and I saw Les Mis a few weeks back and we both loved it. I didn’t know a thing about it as I walked into the theater. All I knew was that everybody was saying it was great and that it was a musical.

Going into the movie without any knowledge of the plot was a ton of fun. So don’t worry. I won’t spoil the plot here. But I will tell you just two things about the movie. It has some scenes that definitely include mature content. Yet, I haven’t seen a movie that made me think about my Christian faith in years.

The movie embodies the struggle Christians face as we live in the tension between grace and the law. I feel like I can’t say any more than that without giving too much of the movie away.

The movie illustrates a point that I’ve been realizing more and more in the past few years:

“Mature” and “Christian” are not mutually exclusive words.

The Bible tells many stories filled with mature content. The Bible talks of rape, adultery, incest, murder, swearing, deception, drunkenness, theft, dismemberment, and idolatry. Now, the Bible doesn’t condone those actions, but it doesn’t avoid them.

The cool thing about the Bible is that it’s real. It talks about real people with real struggles, and a real God who intervenes on behalf of his people. And that’s why it’s powerful. God meets us where we are and doesn’t want us to be fake. God wants a relationship with us – one that includes all of the junk we struggle with each day.

So if you haven’t seen Les Misérables yet, go see it. And whether you’ve seen it or not, thank God for being real with you. And be real with others. Let people into the messes in your life. Don’t be afraid to get involved in theirs.

What’s a mature piece of art that has strengthened your faith? How did it help you?



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  • scrhill

    This reminds me of the local Christian radio station whose slogan is that it’s “safe for the whole family” or something like that. Our faith isn’t safe for the whole family. I don’t want to tell Lylah about Lot & his daughters or Saul’s suicide until she’s much older. People confuse “Christian” with “family friendly” too much!