Villains aren’t the only ones who use faith for less-than-shiny purposes. Sometimes the good guys do it, too.
Sometimes we use our faith in ugly ways, like when we use it to justify actions that are entirely self-serving. We may catch ourselves using it as an excuse to do what we want to do. We can all be hypocritical. We can all be a little blind, even, to our own motives. And sometimes, we see that tendency in ourselves in the actions of others … even on a big movie screen.
Take The Magnificent Seven, out in theaters right now. Faith plays a huge role in the film (not as big a role as the guns, granted, but almost), and a surprisingly nuanced role at that. But the sort of faith that we see here isn’t always as positive as we’d like it to be, or as it should be.
There’s so much to unpack, in fact, that we did so in a vodcast.