Recently Jerry Lewis helped my faith.
You know Jerry Lewis, right? He performed with Dean Martin about sixty years ago. In their movies, Jerry told the jokes and Dean sang the songs and got the girl. That line came from the movie Remember The Titans.
Eventually, Dean and Jerry ended their partnership and did their own thing. Jerry Lewis made his own movies, became a huge start on his own and hosted a successful telethon on Labor Day weekend every year of my memory until recently.
How could Jerry Lewis, a famous Jewish comedian, help me, a Christian, in my faith?
I watched a documentary about Jerry recently. One thing in particular caught my attention.
When he and Dean were making movies, they never could find Jerry when they were going to film a scene. Guess where he was?
In the wardrobe department.
In the editing room.
Talking with the lighting crew.
Hanging out with everyone who made the production possible.
He wanted to learn everything there was to know about making a movie.
This proved valuable when he began writing, producing and directing his own movies.
Why should that matter to me? Or to you, for that matter?
How did that help my faith?
Most people who read my blog are people of faith. They claim Christ as their savior. Just like me.
How much do know about the Old Testament?
How much do we know about the New Testament? How about church history? How about sharing our faith? How about how worship has changed over the years? How about other aspects of our faith?
How intense have we pursued every aspect of our faith? Have we matched the intensity Jerry Lewis pursued in knowing every aspect of making a movie?
Have we spent our time knowing our God and His Son that as claim as Savior? Jerry Lewis would have.
Do you pursue some aspect of your faith daily? Why or why not?
It’s summer movie season, so it is time for blockbuster movies. I don’t actuall go to the theaters often, but I am looking forward to several of these movies coming to DVD later in the year. Below I will list the movies I want to see, along with some possibly humorous comments.
1. Thor. I’m a comic book geek. I don’t actually buy comic books anymore. Have you priced them lately? I used to have a monthly habit of around $80 worth of comic books a month. That would probably translate to $200 today. So, I love any comic book movie, even the bad ones. This one is about Marvel’s Norse god of thunder. I had to use a little g there because I am a Christian and would never give Thor, or any other mythological god, a big G. I hear this movie is good and look forward to seeing it soon.
2. X-Men First Class. Another comic book movie, this one is about the X-Men. Obviously there have been three movies about these mutants already, plus the Wolverine film. This one is about their beginning, when Charles Xavier and Magneto were friend, and Xavier had hair. January Jones plays Emma Frost, the White Queen, which will fulfill many adolescent boys (and a few adult boys) comic book fantasies.
3. Super 8. All I know about this movie is that it is directed by J.J. Abrams and there is a train wreck that let’s loose some sort of creature that wreaks havoc on a town. I don’t know if this creature is the one from Cloverfield (raise your hand if you watched this movie). Maybe, somehow the Smoke Monster from Lost survived and made it to the U.S. looking for the folks that made it off the Island. It doesn’t matter. Abrams makes a great movie and I’m an Abrams geek.
4. Cowboys&Aliens. I like Westerns. I like aliens. Put them together in a movie directed by Jon Favreau (director of Elf and the two Iron Man movies) and you have an anticipated movie. It doesn’t hurt to have James Bond and Indiana Jones/Han Solo in it either.
5. The First Avenger: Captain America. The title is a mouthful and I didn’t really need the prompt for next years The Avengers movie. This one is about Cap’s origin in WWII. You will have Nazis and the Red Skull. It ought to be a lot of fun. I wonder how it will do in Germany?
6. Green Lantern. Movies based on DC comics characters other than Superman and Batman simply don’t really exist (see I told you I was a comic book geek). I hope this one gets the ball rolling. DC has so many great characters. With Green Lantern you have cosmic space superhero goodness. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have 2010′s sexiest man alive in Ryan Reynolds to star in it, though I thought he was Deadpool from the Wolverine movie.