Faith at the Movies – Inside Out
We are continuing our series called Faith at the Movies with the movie Inside Out. We’re not doing this just for the fun of it, and not for the gimmick of it. But because we want to find things we can say YES to in this movie. There are always plenty of things we can say NO to in our culture, in the world around us and in movies. There are lots of ways that the world doesn’t line up with who God is and what he has said. But we don’t want to be the NO police, or play NO snap, snapping on anything that is wrong.
We also want to be able to say YES to things. To find natural connections that point to our supernatural God. To find timely connections to our timeless God.
We are going to do that this morning with the movie Inside Out, and hopefully this series helps you do it all the time. To find the things of God that you can say YES to in popular movies, books, songs. To be able to spark positive conversations about faith with your friends and family next time you see a movie. To help people find out what God is FOR, not just what he is against.
The first thing we can YES to from Inside Out is that we are complicated!
The way that Pixar has made this movie is helpful for understanding our own emotions. And to to have the language and the imagery to understand and express how we feel. They created a colourful and complex world that represents how things go on inside our minds…and things are complicated! Dreams, our subconscious, abstract thought, imagination, memories and emotion – they’re all there in the movie.
While oversimplifying things a little, the movie shows just how amazing our brains are. We are complicated! Think about the thought processes and emotions that go on inside your head and your body. Everyone you meet, however briefly, has the same, but unique, set of complicated processes going on inside them! This adds to what we talked about last week with The Lego Movie, that every one is special and created in the image of God. You can’t help but have respect and value and empathy, even for total strangers, when you think about how complicated we are.
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
How much more amazing is it that God knows everything about how complicated you are. And he knows everything about how complicated everyone else is. We can say YES to how complicated Inside Out shows us to be, because if you then think that God knows all of this about everyone…WOW!
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
And if God knows everything about you, why not pray this prayer from the end of the Psalm:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Lord, I’m complicated, test me and know me, and guide the way I deal with my thoughts and emotions. Lead me in my thought life and the way I feel, so that I continue along your path.
We are Complicated, and God knows us completely, and he wants to guide you and grow you…from the Inside Out.