Why I Don’t Like Cool Runnings

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This is a radically controversial topic because it is the question of government. In what circumstance, if any, is rebellion to authority (insubordination) legitimate? I can think of only one right now: “When obeying authority would cause you to disobey one of God’s commands”, then in that instance, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29, 4:19).

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Rom. 13:1)

BobsledI woke up the other morning with the movie “Cool Runnings” running (he he) through my head. I didn’t even know why until some things started to connect in my mind. In the movie there is a young man named, Junior, who longs to be an Olympian on this Jamaican bobsledding team, but who is being pressured by his father to take a prestigious job and get on with the real world. The interesting thing is that the movie hinges upon Junior’s decisions for disobeying his father and going behind his back to pursue his dreams, climaxing in a sharp disagreement, “No Father, you don’t know what’s best for me.” Junior lies to his Dad about selling his car to provide the money necessary for the bobsledding team to travel to Canada and then once there, he refuses to return home immediately at his father’s demand, choosing rather to support his team with the necessary 4 men needed for them to compete in Canada. By the end of the movie, you see his father rejoicing that Junior got to be an Olympian and represent his nation in the Olympics (implicitly stating that Junior was right and the Father was wrong).

I am beginning to notice this dark strand woven into the hidden fabric of many popular movies and stories. It is the idea that rebelling against authority and doing your own thing because you know what’s best will truly result in the greater good. You see this blatant humanism (really, satanism -John 8:42-47) in so many kids’ movies which makes me almost angry (I would recommend raising your kids on Adventures in Odyssey instead of Disney, check out this post to hear more from a wise mother…). It says, 1. You can do anything if you just believe in yourself (So prevalent! Instead of biblically submitting to God and His way and His timing) 2. The authority figure will eventually come to acknowledge that you really are right when you prevail in your pursuit (whether golf in “Greatest Game Ever Played” or bobsledding in “Cool Runnings” -the father here being the authority figure in both of these). This is found in so many classic movies (Particularly Disney, I was told, as in “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin”, though I have been spared from ever seeing either).

It is my opinion that these story lines are nothing less than demonic echoes of the same deception that prevailed upon the story line of mankind in the garden of Eden in Genesis 3.    “…and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)

At the end of the day, if Junior would’ve obeyed his father and took the job, do you think God could’ve still provided something better than just being an Olympian in a bobsled race that really doesn’t matter that much? God cares way more about making you great in the billions of years after this 70 year internship. If you’re living for a medal then you will disobey authority to get it, but if you’re living for God and trusting his provision and eternal reward, you will trust Him to the hilt.

Some closing thoughts:

The testimony of God’s word is that submission (humility) to authority is the pathway to ruler-ship and greatness and honor (Mt. 20:26-27, Prov. 18:12, Prov. 22:4). Antithetically, our culture tells us that rebellion and revolution is the pathway. Yet the Word shouts to us that if we choose rebellion, it will cost us leadership and greatness in the kingdom (Mt. 5:19, and the story of Saul in 1 Sam. 15:22-23). So, I challenge you to think real hard about the decisions you may want to make that go against the authority God has placed in your life. The true test of obeying authority is faith and trust that God really knows what’s best for you (you must GIVE Him the ultimate knowledge of what is good and evil for you) and He is able to secure your well-being and satisfy every longing of your aching heart for pleasure and beauty and acknowledgment (greatness) and intimacy; and that even though the present circumstances (of not getting what you want so badly) seem contrary to your expectations and desires raging within, God has promised to satisfy them (to give what is good -Ps. 34:9-10, 37:4, 84:11) and His promises must be your life! O the purifying power of living by faith in future grace; fix your hope on that day and that kingdom (1 Pet. 1:13)! THEN wisdom will be justified. “Leave room for the wrath of God” (Rom. 12:19). “Commit your way to the Lord” (Ps. 37:5, Ps. 31:5, 15).

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7 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Like Cool Runnings

  1. Okay, first of all, I am so blessed you remembered that you’d mentioned this to me!

    On the actual post: you are SO RIGHT! This theme is EVERYWHERE in movies, and sadly it’s especially prevalent in movies for kids and teenagers. It’s such a huge part of the spirit of the age, this throwing off of authority and icky, icky pride that keeps people from submitting to God. You can’t repent until you recognize you have nothing worthy of your own and NEED GOD; this hatred of authority directly plays into blinding people’s eyes to their need for salvation.

    This is probably the underlying, sneaky theme I see in movies that makes me most wish that people were more discerning about what they show their kids. Of all the messages that are sneaked into movies and media, this hatred of authority (and bolstering of pride) is EVERYWHERE.

    Such good thoughts, Truman!

  2. I came from Annie’s Blog – she rocks!

    Anyways, @Tim Cone I laughed so hard at the lucky egg comment that, truly ridiculous! and truman, this is something I’ve seen as my wife and I purchase movies for our children. we have thrown so many movies away because it has crept into nearly everything available for kids. We now only let them watch the prayer room and occassionally some Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman! HA.

    Anyways, powerful insights. Keep them coming.

  3. Truman, you are truly awesome, you got good insight duder, now, im not disagreeing with you, but am curious to your thoughts about the civil war?

    1. Ha, civil war. Well, “just war” in general is a huge topic… hmm… I will hopefully one day continue this post on the topic of the “revolutionary war”, which was really a “civil war” between English colonies and their King and mother-land, England. I don’t know that much of nation’s history as well I wish I did, but to say something now, I think money (and hence, greed) fuels war. That was THE issue of the colonies and the issue of that “Declaration of Independence” which was really a declaration of rebellion (and I think that document offers a government lesson concerning the role of submission that is very unbiblical and paves the way for so much of the way this nation lives today, with a “rights” mentality, and if those “rights” get violated, it’s my right and duty to overtake the government and enact what I think is righteous… )… I hope more words will come in the future… but I don’t think we should view this nation as righteous or by any means, “Christian”. And when injustice happens, we don’t try to be the Messiah, but we pray for justice no matter how long He delays until His return and then we preach to the kings of men that there is a man appointed by God to judge the world in righteousness (and that comes at the 2nd Coming of Jesus).

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