Fireproof

This movie is the story of a firefighter and his wife. Their marriage is crumbling, and they are both trying to decide if they want to fight for it.  Fireproof is very professionally done, and it is an enjoyable entertainment experience-if that is what you are looking for. However, if you are open to a challenge, this story can rebuke, teach, encourage, comfort, and motivate you. It may even change your relationships forever.

Fireproof is very God-centered. This is not a movie that has some faint underlying themes that might be Biblical. It includes a powerful, clear presentation of the gospel as well as a noteworthy amount of Biblical truth. It is a credit to the writers, though, that the presentation of the Biblical themes does not bog down the flow of the story but is interwoven very naturally.

Several themes, truths, analogies, and even lines are especially poignant. As the protagonist is a fireman, the analogy of partners is used. A good fireman will never abandon his partner. The same is true in marriage. The truth of the power of friends is another constant theme. When the female lead is listening to the advice of her well-meaning, but off-base friends, the marriage suffers greatly. However, the godly advice of the firefighter’s father and his best friend are both invaluable.

Several specific lines were especially hard-hitting. At one point the father of the protagonist is sharing the gospel with him. He is angry and does not want to hear the same thing over and over. The main character asks his father why he is so persistent. The father responds, “I love you too much not to tell you the truth.” Another powerful and very Biblical moment occurs when the best friend and the main character are discussing how his marriage is crumbling. The main character says that he has just been following his heart. The best friend replies “Don’t just follow your heart. Your heart can be deceived (Jeremiah 17:9). You have to lead your heart.”

I really appreciated the very straightforward approach taken to illustrate several very real and very common problems. The husband feels disrespected and takes solace in work, hobbies, and inappropriate viewing habits. The wife feels neglected, marginalized, and unappreciated. She finds pleasure in friends and the attention of a coworker. Overall, Fireproof comes across as real and very believable. A commitment to love God and other (despite what you may be feeling) is the theme, and it is well-done. I would strongly recommend this movie to anyone.

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