Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

You'd think all we have done lately is go to movies. But we saw another one yesterday that's worth talking about. It's called "Slumdog Millionaire." The story is about two little boys living in the slums of India. When their mother dies, they have to run away and find a way to survive all their young lives. We see them grow up into young men; one takes the easy way working for a criminal. The other gets on a television show and not because he wants money.

The story revolves around two themes: One is Jamal's search for the girl who travels with him and his brother. The other is his appearance on India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." As he answers the questions he remembers his life and how his experiences gave him the answers.

Finding God in a story like this isn't hard. Jamal's success on the TV show can be chalked up to (a.) cheating, (b.) he's a genius, (c.) he's lucky or (d.) It is written. Jamal's answer is (d), of course.

In many ways our lives are like his. Hopefully our successes are because God has written it. And again, just like Jesus, someone gives their life so another can live.

Thought provoking movie. Makes me grateful for being born in America.

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