Discussion of Iron Man the Movie
Posted by gshstudy on May 3, 2008
Today I went and watched Iron Man the movie. The special effects were very impressive and the performance of Robert Downey Jr. brought to life all the memories I had of one of my favorite childhood comic characters. I don’t want to give anything away but it is well worth the money and there is a teaser after the credits, so hang out and watch all the names of the people who helped make the movie. It will be worth it.
One of the scenes that struck me (and there were quite a few) involves Tony Stark (A.K.A. Iron man) and his assistant, Pepper Pots. He wants her to sneak in to Stark industries and steal some information from the computer so that he can use it to stop the sale of weapons to terrorist groups. She does not want to do this because she is afraid he will get killed trying to stop the terrorists. I won’t tell you how it ends, but Tony replies to her concern with a short speech about discovering his purpose and how he feels in his heart that he is doing the right thing.
This jumps out at me for two reasons. The obvious is the sense of purpose and I think this has faith implications that are pretty straightforward. Far too often we are looking for the answer to faith in a book or by waiting for a bolt of lightning to hit us with the right answer. Instead we should be aligning our heart with God’s and then listening to what is there and going after that purpose. I also believe that God can speak this purpose to us whether we believe in him or not, it just might be harder to hear and understand.
The other interesting suggestion in this scene is the reaction, which happens all to frequently when we set out to follow our purpose. Those around us (friends and family) feel they will lose us to it or they are afraid we will change our view of them and try to talk us out of it or worse, make us feel that we are making the wrong decision. In the scene, Pepper is willing to quit her job in order to stop Tony, even though she has been with him the whole time he was a carousing wild bachelor.
In The Jesus of Suberbia by Mike Erre, he talks about having faith in faith rather than faith in God, seeing that there is a purpose to our lives and that things may not run smoothly as we pursue our purpose. He uses the example of the story of Job. In much the same way, Tony Stark has hit some big bumps in his road of life, but rather then turning and hiding in his old behaviors, he decides to believe in his purpose even if it means losing his most trusted employee.
All in all it was well worth it and will probably be one of the top selling movies of the year.