“Fireproof” Movie could change your marriage by Alan Trippe

This past weekend a group of us went to go see "Fireproof", a new movie produced by Sherwood Baptist Church, the same church that produced "Facing the Giants."  I highly recommend this movie, especially for anyone that has experienced struggles in their marriage.

This was actually the second time my wife and I saw the movie.  Back in the Spring we had an opportunity, along with other ministry leaders, to watch a pre-screening of the film in order for them to receive our feedback.  I must admit, even though I had seen it all before, it actually was even better the second time.

In all honesty, this isn’t an A+ calibre film with tons of special effects and top tier acting throughout.  But in the end, it really doesn’t matter.  Kirk Cameron and his co-star Erin Bethea did an excellent job in acting one important thing - being authentic.  Anyone that has been married for any length of time knows that at times it can be difficult.  Sometime we get upset.  Sometimes we’re sad.  Sometimes we get good advice from friends, and sometimes we don’t. 

“Fireproof” succeeds because it surfaces real issues that most marriages face, and it addresses them in a profoundly biblical way.  It’s not everyday that you see a movie where the husband is yelling at his wife, then later through true humility and brokenness asks for forgiveness.

The other day I saw Stephen Kendrick, one of the two brothers that wrote the film, in an interview.  He stated that one of the goals of the film was to convey how oftentimes we have a wrong concept about the expectations of our spouse in marriage.  He said that we often think that it is their job to fill our “love tank” and when they don’t, we aren’t fulfilled.  But he stated the truth is that our fulfillment can only come through Christ.  Once we have received that fulfillment in Christ, then we are free to love our spouse unconditionally, without reservation and without compromise. 

I couldn’t agree more.  This is the truth that truly sets people free, especially in relationships.

I think Focus on the Family's Plugged In Online review summed it up best:  "You might notice that some of the lines in Fireproof feel a little wooden. And you might notice that the script indulges more dialogue (most of it spiritual) than you're used to hearing in movies about firemen. But the honest truth is that you don't really care by the time the credits roll, because you're too busy feeling your own feelings and thinking your own thoughts about your own relationships. This is the kind of movie that succeeds, sometimes despite itself, because it does a superlative job of digging into serious issues that so deeply affect so many of us every day."

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