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Does it Really Take a Village?

Everyone’s terrified of the monster lurking right outside the house, in the dark, now tromping on the front porch, now rattling the door handle. Everyone knows it’s there, and you’re trembling with fear even as you know you have want to remain absolutely still. . .try not to breath. . .if you could stop your heart from beating, you would. . .because surely it can hear you. . . .OHMYGOSH, I’M GONNA DIE TONIGHT. . .

This, a scene from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, The Village. It’s from 2004, so if you wanted to see it, you already should have, so let’s blow the ending, shall we?

THE WHOLE THING’S A SCAM. Well, sort of. There is a monster. But it’s the leadership of the village, who has invented this whole “religion” to keep the sect together. And they are not above killing someone to keep the charade alive.

You know, this sounds farfetched, but it’s what a lot of people think of Christians who yap on about how the Bible is God’s Word and use it to keep people in line. I mean, after all, we know the BIble is full of errors and contradictions, right? And that supernatural stuff. What’s the deal with that? Great for a Tolkien fantasy. But, come on, it’s the 21st Century already. Please, get a grip.

Hey, here’s a thought. What if you’re wrong? What if you’re actually in the village, and you’re being scammed? What if the Bible really is God’s Word and can be trusted? Couldn’t be true, right? Yeah, cause some freakin’ nutty professor told you otherwise when you were in college, and we know that all professors have all the truth on all things and never make mistakes and never mislead anyone………………………………………..Ooops.

So, here’s our deal. We’re not looking to prove anything to you on Sunday. Just want you to think for yourself. But, hey, if that’s too scary for ya, just join the people in the movie–stay in your village, man.

1988 Kirby Road, McLean, VA. . .11:00. The sun’ll be up, so it’ll be safe to go outside.

For folks who want to, ponder 2 Timothy 3:13-17.


Dwaine Darrah, New Life at McLean Pastor

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