I recently saw one of my favorite movies from the ‘80’s entitled “Moonstruck.” It’s the story of an Italian-American family and their often laughable, sometimes melancholic events that vacillate from dramatic to heartrending to comical. Throughout the movie, one feels the great love that is at the heart of this extended family.
One of my favorite scenes is near the end during the kitchen table finale. The adult daughter breaks up with one fiancée and then agrees to marry his brother instead. It is brilliantly written, and shows the changing condition of our lives from one moment to the next. In the midst of the situation, the elderly grandfather becomes confused and begins to weep. His son, Cosmo Castorini, looks at his dad. “What’s the matter, Pop?”
The old man rubs his moist eyes. “I’m confused.”
It’s a sweet and funny moment—yet seems to express the sentiment of the hour in which we live: We’re confused.
Consider these recent occurrences:
– A former male Olympian re-emerges as a female
– A male singer at an airport dresses in a skirt, wears makeup and bright pink high heeled women’s shoes, and no one seems to bat an eye
– A terrorist who has killed a child with a bomb is featured on the cover of a popular magazine
– A best selling book featuring a woman in bondage is deemed a romance and turned into a successful movie
– United States military chaplains are not allowed to express Christianity in their work
And we thought the grandfather from Moonstruck was confused.
We as a society have allowed confusion to reign when we ignore basic principles in God’s word. Life is really not all that confusing when we seek wisdom from our Creator.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (ESV)
Does this mean we become haters and mockers of those who are confused? No. We are commanded to love but to be unafraid to stand for the truth. But until faith and trust softens the hearts and souls of non-believers, confusion will reign.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)
The answer to the confusion? Prayer. Pray for salvation for those who are confused and that the eyes of the spiritually blind will see.
It is only through the cross of Christ that reaches to heaven to forgive ALL of our sins—yours and mine—that hearts will be changed, and confusion turned to understanding and peace.
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
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Janet Grunst says
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
Mass confusion is often a sign of judgement. We must pray! Thanks for the verse, Janet.
Debra L. Butterfield says
Well said and so true.
Thanks, Deb. It’s sad but true.