A short film masterpiece.

If you haven’t yet recieved a message recommending you to watch the new online short film called, Volition. You have now. I admit that when I was first told to watch it, I didn’t. I save it for later. I generally do that with videos as an attempt at managing my time. But this one, is worth the break. When you finish reading this post, watch the movie.

It only spans about 10-15 minutes (I didn’t time it) and it is an emotional master piece. Everything about the movie was good. Sure, it lacked some Biblical conviction, but that is not the goal. It is not an attempt on exegesis or to convince you of any Christian truth. However, at its core, it teaches us that every person has the right to live. And as people would should defend that right for ourselves and for others. Sometimes doing nothing is doing wrong.

The film covers three evils of our recent human history: the hatred and killing of Jews, African-Americans, and babies. It depicts a man appearing in all three times. He is a Nazi soldier who sees the abuse of a Jewish boy. He is a slave owner assistant who sees the abuse of a young African-American boy. Lastly, he is a father who must decide whether or not he should have his newly conceived boy aborted.

In the first two story lines, he acts very passively. Although he is torn inside at this evil, he does nothing. Whether he is afraid or just confused, he does nothing. At the end of the film, he has the opportunity to no longer stand aside passively and he makes the right move and stops the abortion. It is an emotional ending.

My “take-home” on the film is this: as a man, I am responsible for my actions and for the actions of my family. I am the head of my home. I am the husband of my wife. What will I do with such responsibility? How will I act when wrong is being done?

In a more general sense, what should I do when the evil of hatred is before me? It comes often and is sometimes subtle because of our past learnings. But we must be alert and be eager to stand for good by defending victims of hate crimes. Racism is hate. Abuse is hate. Abortion is hate. And, hate is evil. It is sin against God, our Maker.

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

Watch the short film and tell me your thoughts below.

Posted by Jacob Abshire on December 2nd, 2008 - 2:20 am
Categories: News

2 Comments on “Volition”

  • Randy, December 2, 20082:22 am

    Wow! That really makes you stop and think. It is amazing how complacent we get with our lives and how we just adapt to our own little world that surrounds each of us. This reminds me of our safety program here at work. It is called “Beyond Zero”. It is of course related to zero accidents, but this program takes it a step further. It says we should not only strive for zero accidents but strive to look after each others safety ,not just ourselves. We should not feel intimidated to speak up and warn our fellow employee when we perceive a danger.

    This film takes the same approach. I would venture to say that most people feel “intimidated” or “afraid” to speak up when we see something going on that we feel is wrong. I know I do. We don’t want to interfere when the situation is not directly affecting us. This film will make me rethink my initial thoughts and remind myself to speak up for what I know is right in the eyes of God.

    Thanks for sharing this link so that we good see it also.

  • houari, December 12, 20125:14 pm

    very good