Ready Player One

We continue our worship series, “God on Film,” focused on some popular summer films and how we notice God and spiritual themes in the movies.

The movie we’ll be looking at in our Film and Faith sermon series is Ready Player One, an action-packed movie about people who live most of their lives in a virtual video game world. It’s a place that is filled with dazzling lights and glittering prizes for anyone that has the smarts (or the money) to find them. You can check out the trailer here:

In the film, most of the world chooses to spend the majority of their time in this virtual video game world, the Oasis. It’s easy to see why: the film is set in a grimy, polluted Cleveland, Ohio a few decades from now. People live in shipping containers stacked on top of one another. It makes sense that they’d choose to escape reality and instead live in a virtual one instead.

And while we might not live in a “virtual world”, I’d bet that most of us know what it’s like to escape into a digital screen. Whether it’s Warcraft or Candy Crush or even our Facebook Newsfeed, many of us find ourselves distancing us from whatever the “real world” actually is.

This is not a new problem. The Bible talks specifically about what really ultimately matters in this life, and the things that sometimes distract us. If you’ve ever wished you could be more engaged with the world around you, this Sunday is for you. If you’ve ever been frustrated with your kids (or parents) for being on their phones too much, this Sunday is for you. And if you have ever felt like God is calling us towards more than the silly games that surround us, this Sunday is for you. Why don’t you join us as we continue to integrate pop culture with theology in the third week of our Faith and Film series?

Be blessed,

Christopher J.C. Wurpts
Director of Youth Ministries
Christopher@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 147
Cell: 712-348-3791

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