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Posted by Douglas on Jul 14, 2018

I've been thinking a great deal recently about the subject of reconciliation, especially as found in the following passages:

2:14For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostilityEphesians 2:14 (ESV)

5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (ESV)

End of the Spear is a  2005 movie which gives a powerful true story of reconciliation - reconciliation between man and God, and reconciliation between man and man.

The movie begins with this statement: "Some people say we live in a world of irreconcilable differences. Others say that true peace, lasting peace, can't be obtained because we haven't found a way yet to change the human heart."

The movie is based on the story of Jim Eliot, Nate Saint, and their three missionary companions who were killed by the Waodoni of Ecuador. The stunning development from this horrifying tragedy is that their relatives - Jim's wife Elizabeth and Nate's sister Rachel, chose to go back to the Waodoni and offer them the greatest ministry of reconciliation they knew: forgiveness.

I'm the sort of person who is generally not a fan of movies that are overt attempts to evangelize the audience; my experience is that the plotlines of such movies are often deeply contrived and flawed, and therefore make the audience (believers and unbelievers alike) feel awkward about having to listen to a sermon at the end. This movie is not overtly evangelistic in a traditional sense, but clearly demonstrates the power of the gospel for reconciliation, as described in the verses above.

The movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence.

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