“Does faith have to be this exhausting?”
Those words echoed through my ears as I watched FREETOWN, a new movie about a group of missionaries caught in the middle of a war. The film is based on a true story and takes place in Monrovia, Liberia in 1990, at the beginning of the first Liberian civil war—one that eventually claimed over 200,000 lives.
Among those whose lives were at risk were a group of native Liberian missionaries. The conflict essentially presented them with two choices: 1) they could either hide at home and risk almost certain death or 2) they could attempt a dangerous journey across the country in order to reach the city of Freetown in Sierra Leone.
They courageously decide to move forward, toward Freetown, and are challenged by numerous obstacles along the way. At one point, one of the men in their group throws up his hands and says: “Does faith have to be this exhausting?”
When I heard those words, something in my brain clicked. This isn’t just a movie about missionaries in Liberia, I thought to myself. This is a movie about me. This is a movie about all of us!
Like the missionaries in the film, many of us are trying to follow God and move forward on the path to the “ultimate Freetown.” But however good our intentions, the obstacles in our lives often challenge us to fall back and give up. I consider myself a spiritual person but I often struggle to move forward with faith. Faith is—especially in today’s world—incredibly exhausting.
But I think that’s one of the most amazing things about faith: exercising it makes us stronger. We don’t gain physical strength by sitting down and relaxing—we gain it by standing up and moving forward.
With that in mind, I really appreciated another quote from the movie:
“Revelation doesn’t come when we are hiding in the shadows or sitting on the ground asking for it. It comes when we are out working, without knowing where we are going, constantly taking steps forward.”
In the past two weeks, FREETOWN (an Indie Film) has already made a quarter of a million dollars—and for good reason! FREETOWN is—without question—one of the greatest faith-based movies ever produced. I strongly encourage you to see the film for yourself. Even though you may not have the same cultural background as many of the characters in the film I think it will help you see where you are on your own “path to Freetown.”
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If that doesn’t convince you, check out this exclusive interview I had with the makers of the film! (Filmed in Ghana, Africa!)
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