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Watching a movie or catching up on a TV show is something that my wife and I do regularly. We aren’t addicted to the TV. We know how to turn it off and when we need to so the house doesn’t turn into a disaster area or our daughter goes without a meal. We just enjoy a good story from time to time.

Sometimes it is a compelling story, something that will make you think long after the credits roll. I love those movies. Other times it will be a drama, the back and forth between characters that we have grown to love or hate. Whether it is the visual spectacular of The Lord of the Rings trilogy or something indie like (500) Days of Summer, the two of us will thoroughly enjoy a good movie or TV show.

But there aren’t just the two of us to think about when it comes to movies and TV shows anymore, we have a 6 month old daughter to think about too. Chances are that because we enjoy a good cinematic adventure, she will enjoy it too. If not that is fine too.

If she does take a liking to movies and TV shows, I’m sure there will come a day where her mother and I will pull her away from the TV screen and whisk her off to the big screen; the theater. Personally I think that every kid should get a chance to see a movie in the theater. The popcorn, the comfy seats, the people walking in front of you halfway through the show; all of these things are a priceless part of the amazing experience that is going to the movies. It isn’t the same as watching it on your own TV. The level of wonder and fantasy, splendour and amazement that you experience at the theater is unparalleled by the TV.

I’m not trying to plug a local theater or push some new movie on you, but I want you to understand where I am coming from when I say this.

I have already decided what the first IMAX movie will be that my daughter will see, whenever she is old enough to go to the theater. It may even be her first theater movie. Not that I am adamant about her seeing Star Wars in theater or something like that, but I have a deep spiritual conviction that I want to share with her. And I can best explain it to her through an IMAX movie.

There is something I think that we miss sometimes when we read the Creation story in Genesis. I know that I was guilty of it for a long time, probably because I have become so familiar with this text. But one day I realized something that wasn’t there before. Something that was calling me to raise my daughter in a certain way and make her first IMAX movie a very specific one.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”…. And God saw that it was good. 

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars….And God saw that it was good.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it…And God saw that it was good. 

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so...And God saw that it was good.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Genesis 1 NIV
The earth is good. Everything that God created on the earth was good. The combination of all creation was so much better than anything by itself, God calls it very good.
I think that too often we forget that. And not just Christians, but all people, everyone on the planet seems to neglect the fact that the planet that we call home is a good place.
We get caught up in all the bad things, all the evil that is prevailing on the earth and forget about this. The earth is good.
I am not trying to diminish the bad or the evil that is here. You really can’t. We see it everywhere. But I do know that in Christian circles we tend to emphasis the evil and forget the good.
Remember, when God calls everything good and very good, it is all before sin enters the world. Genesis 1 happens before Genesis 3.
The earth is good, and all the things God created in it are good.
We can talk about how, because of sin, everything is broken and tainted and less than what God intended it to be. But as we know about ourselves, just because we are damaged by sin, it cannot take away that original goodness.
The world is still capable of being beautiful and lovely. This planet is still capable of being, even a tainted imitation, of the good place that God created it to be.
Why do I want to teach my daughter about this? And how does it connect to an IMAX movie?
I believe that an understanding of how beautiful, how amazing, how good this world is (or was) is very important for anyone that calls themselves a Christian because the goodness of the creation is directly related to the One that did the creating. The earth is good, because the Creator is good.
The animals, the plants, the things that filled the world were beautiful and lovely, because the One that imagined and spoke them into existence is beautiful and lovely. Humanity is unique and something special, although broken by sin, because the Master of Heaven and Earth, the One responsible for our existence, is unique and special in the universe.
I’m not a super wealth guy to take my little girl traveling all over the world to see how beautiful it is. I can’t promise to show her the breathtaking waterfalls and awe inspiring jungles in person. But I can show her these things through a movie. And what better theatre to take her to so that she is completely immersed in the vibrant colours that God painted with?
What better theatre that has properly captured some of the most unique and interesting creatures that are only native to those far off jungles? What theatre has a screen to dwarf even the tallest name, illustrating how big and how enormous the scope of this good creation? What theatre can display the goodness of this place we call home in a breathtaking display? What theatre can fill us with an awe of God and his creation, inviting us to offer this Creator worship?
The IMAX.
This is something that I want my daughter to understand. I want to fill her mind with the goodness of the Earth, the goodness of our Creator. And I think that one way, not the only way to do this, but one way to do that is to make her first movie, or her first IMAX movie, something environmental or about the Earth.
Other movies, other TV shows, with all their drama and fantasy will come later. Her imagination will be filled with galaxies far, far away and knights in shining armour. But I want her to know this about her God first.
That He is good. That His creation is good. That her home is good.

Photo Credit: BOMBMAN, Flickr

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