Thoughts on Living in a World of Remakes

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 1:9

Those words were written thoughts of years ago but they are very poignant even today.  The Teacher (most believe was King Solomon) wrote those words reflecting on his life and the culture of that time.  It could also be applied to the culture of today very easily.  There are many things that translate to this era and time period.

One of those things that has been on my mind of recent has been the prevalence of society to embrace remakes.  You turn on the TV or you go to a movie theater and you are hard pressed to not see a remake or a reboot.  It is everywhere.  Granted, this is not a new phenomenon.  I will say that it has become more prevalent in the last few years.

Why is this so?  There’s probably several reasons.  One, Hollywood is about making money.  These franchises that are getting remade are ones that have made a lot of money in the past and executives probably believe that they can continue to make money.  Two, we as a society are rooted in nostalgia.  Each generation has our shows and movies that we loved growing up and we want to connect with those times again.  So as each generation grows into adulthood, we see “new” versions of classic (to them) forms of their childhood favorites.  Three, coming up with new ideas is hard.  It’s a lot easier to recycle old ideas than is to come up with original ideas (especially when you’re in the business of making money like Hollywood is).

I know some people love remakes and some people hate remakes.  Where do I tend to fall?  I tend to be somewhere in the middle.  I think there are some good remakes.  Most of those tend to be ones that honor the spirit of the original and can also tell a good story.  However, the majority of remakes aren’t that.  Many of them do not honor the spirit of the original.  They also don’t tell a compelling story.  Some are just bad ripoffs or they are just carbon copies and are simply made to try and make money (in some cases successfully and in some cases not).

Because we are made in the image of God, we have a desire to create.  Stories are a part of that.  There are elements in all stories that run as a thread throughout.  I do think that having a prevalence of remakes and reboots isn’t as good as having a prevalence of more original stories.  So when there is a movie or TV show that isn’t a remake or reboot, I try and make a point to watch it.  It may be good.  It may not be good.  But if there is that support for more original content then maybe there might be more of it made so that it isn’t all remakes and reboots.

The Teacher spoke very insightfully of his time and culture.  He also spoke very insightfully of ours as well.

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Sunday Devotional: 2 Timothy 2:8-10

“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,  for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!  Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:8-10)

Paul knew where his hope came from.  His hope came from the Lord.  Even when he was suffering in prison, Paul could rejoice knowing that ultimately his hope came from Jesus.  That helped him to endure through all the pain and suffering and tough times.

When we are going through tough times or when we’re having to wait, we just need to remember Jesus and what He has done for us.  He has given us new life and salvation.  He has given us hope to persevere and endure.  So this week let us cling to that hope.  Let us endure for His sake.

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 37:5-7

“Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!” (Psalm 37:5-7)

It is hard sometimes to be patient, especially if something is taking a long time to come to fruition.  But God calls us to trust in Him and be patient.  He will act.  He will be there for us.  We are to commit to Him and trust Him.

Sometimes that does mean waiting patiently for Him.  That wait may mean a long time of patience but He is faithful.  He wants what is best for us and will use that time of waiting to make us more like Him.  And when the time comes we will be ready if we trust and wait for Him.

This week, let us commit to the Lord and let us trust in the work that He is doing in and through us.

Thursday Quote Day: A.B. Simpson

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from theologian and pastor A.B. Simpson:

“Trials and difficult times are needed to press us forward. They work in the way the fire in the hold of a mighty steamship provides the energy that moves the pistons, turns the engine, and propels the great vessel across the sea, even when facing the wind and the waves.”  (A.B. Simpson)

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 122

“I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

Our feet have been standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem—built as a city
    that is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
There thrones for judgment were set,
    the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
    “May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
    and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
    I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your good.”  (Psalm 122)

It is a blessing to gather together to worship.  Corporate worship is something that God wants for us.  Because He knows that is a great way to honor him.  When we gather together to sing songs of praise, when we give tithes and offerings, when we study a portion of his word together, we are honoring and worshiping Him.

David in this psalm shares about the joy he has about going into the house of the Lord (which in the Old Testament days was the temple).  There they could worship the Lord, they could pray to Him and they could enjoy God’s peace among them.  Like David, we can enjoy that as well when we gather together to worship.

As we gather together to worship today, let us celebrate that we get to gather together for corporate worship.  And let us celebrate all that God has done for us and will do in the future.