Proverbs 3-8-23

Robin and I went to a screening of the upcoming movie, “Big George Foreman.” It was excellent–with a few caveats.

21 All those who heard him [Saul/Paul] were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Acts 9:21

“This one thing I know: I was one way, and now I am completely different, and the only thing in between is Him (Jesus).” –Mary Magdalene from The Chosen

George Foreman, a heavyweight champion, has had a challenging and adventurous life. His dramatic conversion to faith in Jesus Christ was truly a life-changer for him. The entire title of the movie is “Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight of the World.”

If you like (or don’t mind) boxing, it is an excellent portrayal of George’s boxing career. It is violent– it IS boxing!–and shows some graphic hits, but this inspirational movie is based on George’s real life story. The change in George from before his conversion to after his conversion, and then when he took up boxing again after 10 years, is noteworthy. If someone is fighting rage and bitter anger, this movie would be a great one for him to see.

There are a couple of scenes where the ladies are dressed immodestly. There is a scene where George’s sister is in danger during childbirth and he prays. The line the sister says goes something like, “Mama said you prayed… worked.” It could send the wrong message about why we pray, which is to align our will with God’s will rather than make bargains with God or expect His will to align with ours.

The acting was believable, the story was excellent and follows George’s life very closely. There are historical shots of actual boxing matches, George’s family, his church, his boy’s gym, and other historical photos from his life. George, who is still living, continues to minister in Houston.

The movie is due to come out at the end of April. It would be a good one to invite a sports enthusiast to hear George’s testimony and to foster a spiritual conversation. And, if you haven’t seen “The Jesus Revolution” yet, GO SEE IT! It will bless your socks off.

Abba, I lift up the movie, “Big George Foreman,” to You asking that You use it to bring You glory. Amen.

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