Add This to Your Netflix Queue: The Exorcist

Last night, I popped in The Exorcist, which is my favorite horror movie of all time.  When it was released back in the ’70’s, it caused people to faint and to run from the theater.  There are reports that the director ordered an actual exorcism on the set because of the strange things that were happening.  Some may look back now and think the movie to be a little hokey.  I don’t.

Some of you reading this may ask why I like this movie.  After all, it’s rated R, it’s got some pretty strong language, and there are some pretty profane things in it–should a Christian even watch it?  I think it’s totally an issue of conscience.  If your conscience won’t let you watch a rated R flick, then don’t watch this one.  If your conscience won’t let you watch anything that demeans God, then by all means don’t watch this one.

So why do I watch it?  It has nothing to do with the usual movie stuff–the soundtrack (which is pretty good), or the special effects, or the acting, or anything like that.  It’s a pretty simple, yet intense reason.

It reminds me of the battle we are in.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that, “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Here in America, I think we’ve really made the gospel easy.  We’ve reduced the gospel to a formula for a better marriage, for financial security, and a lot of other surface things.  Jesus’ purpose for dying wasn’t so that we could lower our stress level (if we follow him, our stress level is sure to increase).  He did not die so that we could be financially secure (if we follow him, we’ll find ourselves sacrificing for others).  He died so that we might be free from the sentence and sickness of sin.  He died to crush Satan’s head. 

Although Satan is a defeated enemy, he’s still fighting.  He uses different things in different places to deceive people.  In our culture, materialism and consumerism have been used effectively by Satan to render many Christians almost useless in this battle we are in.  In other cultures, he still uses things like possession to paralyze people (and I’ve heard of way too many cases of possession in our culture from reputable people to discount it).  The Exorcist reminds me in the rawest of ways of what we face–a defeated enemy who still seeks to deceive, destroy, and kill.

The Exorcist reminds me that I must be ready for battle every single day.  My enemy isn’t a politician who holds a different philosophy of government.  My enemy isn’t someone from another religion.  My enemy isn’t those who do not believe.  My enemy is the father of lies, the one who Max Von Sydow’s character, Father Merin, says is a liar, a deceiver, and reminds us that we are animal and ugly.  My enemy is Satan.  My Savior has defeated the enemy.  Even though he’s defeated, I’m still called to battle.

If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are, too.


About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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3 Responses to Add This to Your Netflix Queue: The Exorcist

  1. Cribb says:

    Yeah, I felt the same way when I watched that movie about the girl Emily Rose. Geez, I sure do like a lot of horror movies for someone who doesn’t like horror movies. She actually chose to keep the demon so that through her, more people could come to know Jesus. I think. It was a long time ago and I don’t really remember movies. Maybe we should get it on Netflix and Reber would be really happy.

  2. Aaron says:

    No worries–I own “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” You guys can borrow it. Great, great film.

  3. Genevieve says:

    May the Dear Lord bless you forever for what you have

    said about the movie “The Exorcist” and the spiritual

    battle we are in. He has already blessed you far more,

    of course, than I could wish for you — but — May the

    Dear Lord, Jesus bless you and keep you.

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