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let me introduce myself – I have been a minister in the United Reformed Church
for the last six years, principally active in our churches on
son Charles had his twelfth birthday right at the beginning of the school
holidays. This means that we
suddenly have another category of entertainment opened up to us, namely
“12-certificate” films. So we
have been to see “Minority Report” and “Spiderman”.
Together with many dramas, these films share one characteristic.
They have characters in them that you might see as being either
“good” or “bad” people. And
sometimes these characters turn out not to be quite what we thought!
won’t spoil the plot of either film by divulging who it is that starts out as
a “baddie” and end up as a “goodie”, or indeed switches sides the other
way. But if you watched “Pride and
Prejudice” on TV again recently you might get the idea if you recall that Mr
Darcy starts out as a character whom both the viewer and the heroine rather
dislike, but ends up saving the day. Mr
Wickham, on the other hand, starts out as a dashing young man in everyone’s
favour, and ends up revealed as an out and out rogue.
in our New Testament encourage us not to take people at face value, and not to
base our opinion of them on first appearances or even on how they describe
themselves. When Jesus said “A
healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit”,
he was using picture-language to encourage us all to look at how people behave
– towards other people and towards the world.
Then we see what people are really
like. And sometimes it can be a big