Today I went to see the new movie, World Trade Center. It was a gut-wrenching experience that made me relive the feelings I had that day nearly five years ago. But I was pleased at the way it honored the faith of several participants.
The movie tells the familiar events of 9/11 through the true experiences of two policemen who were trapped in the rubble of the twin towers, and a rescue worker who comes to help. All three men express their faith. The police sergeant prays the Lord's Prayer in the rubble. The other cop has a vision of Jesus bringing him water, and cries, "You won't believe this, I saw Jesus." A former U.S. Marine goes to church to pray after the attacks, tells his pastor that "God gave me gifts to help people and he's calling me to help," and he cuts his hair short, puts his uniform back on, and shows up to work with the rescue workers.
This is a movie that reminds us of how we felt that day, lest we too quickly forget. With all the negative things said about the radical religious motivations of the Muslim terrorists, it is refreshing to see a movie about 9/11 that emphasizes the positive effects of Christian faith on many of the victims and rescue workers. Caution: there are disturbing scenes of violence, and there is strong language, including one use of the F-word.