Monday, 16 April 2012
Blue Like Jazz embraces the struggle most Christians go through, but ultimately ignore with faith. Don, the main character decides to flee the fake brand of Christianity he grew up with because, ultimately it didn't work. It's easy for people to put on smiles on Sunday morning, but be anything but Christian during the week. I loved Blue Like Jazz because, "Like Jazz, life usually doesn't resolve." Sometimes really crappy things happen to us for absolutely no reason, not because "God is trying to teach us something", or because "God has a plan." I think people say those kinds of things because they really have no idea why crappy things happen, but God is as good of a reason as any other.
I think everyone should see this movie because, well it's just a good movie. It was entertaining, and believe me you will be entertained. More than that, It portrays human struggle and doubt in a real and authentic way. It doesn't try to paint Christians in a perfect, or holy way. Blue Like Jazz portrays Christians as humans, capable of making mistakes. It also doesn't portray non-Christians in a bad light. In many instances athiests, agnostics, and all non-christians are painted in a very favorable light. The movie is fair to the real world.
Blue Like Jazz resonated within me because 3 years ago I was Don Miller. Something traumatic happened to me and I used the college life as an escape. I questioned God. I questioned why he would let really crappy things happen, and I didn't find any answers in God or the church. God hadn't done anything for me or at least I thought, so I gave him a giant middle finger and went my own way.
I think this movie is important because it shows the story of so many young adults as they go off to college. I lived that story, and many of my friends lived it. I don't know if the movie is playing near you, but if it is, go watch it. It's a movie worth watching.