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In most any movie everyone has his or her favorite part. Pearl Harbor was no exception. To me it was rather obvious that the writers wanted our favorite part to be towards the end when the two heroes of the movie, played by Ben Afleck and Josh Harnett, are involved in the American retaliation with a bombing run over Tokyo. It was a moment when the good guys strike back.
While that part of the movie was good, it was not my favorite part. The part I liked best was not particularly entertaining, but it really spoke to me. Being a former Navy guy that spent several years aboard ship, the bombs landing on all of the ships with all of the loss of life and damage was very powerful. It hit close to home. Then, in the middle of all of this carnage is a priest, standing in waist deep water with dead bodies floating all around him. He was pronouncing last rites on the dead. Then this voice in the background says three words. If you weren't paying attention it would be very easy to miss, "Where was God?"
You know, if you want to dabble in fiction, you can do some great things with a door. When I was a high school missionary kid living in Singapore, we all got to take a tour once on the U.S.S. Nimitz. And I now have a sci-fi film in my collection, about a time-travel portal that opens up and allows that very aircraft carrier to go back from now to the year 1941. In fact, it’s December 6, 1941, just one day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What an opportunity – all of America’s awesome nuclear arsenal, with heat-seeking missiles and the latest in supersonic jet fighters and bombers . . . and the Japanese army has these little putt-putt Zeros tiptoeing toward Honolulu at 90 miles an hour with their one-propeller engines.
H. G. Wells opens the door to his time machine and goes instantly from one era to another, tracking down Jack the Ripper and falling in love with a woman who lives a century later than he does. Doors open up new dimensions, new worlds, a new matrix, a new life.
But there’s one door, and really just one, that I care about today. I care about that closet door that opens up to a world where Aslan the Lion lives. I want that door to be real; I want its promises to be true.
I remember the scene from the movie “Pearl Harbor” where the crews of B-17 bombers are inside their heavy bombers, trying to “lighten them up” so that the Doolittle raiders can take off from aircraft carriers and bomb Tokyo. They had to jettison every pound they could drop, otherwise the planes would just crash into the ocean instead of take off. In the midst of it, the commander tells them to remove the side and tail guns. Now, those guns and bullets were a lot of weight, but they were also the only defense the bombers had against small attack planes. Needless to say, the crews weren’t real thrilled as they painted broom handles black to stick them out of the plane and make it look like they had real guns. They men who normally operated those guns were going into an attack…without their only weapons.
In the movie Pearl Harbor, there is a scene in which Rafe (played by Ben Affeck) says to an English officer: "I’m not anxious to die sir, just anxious to matter." His attitude shows a depth of understanding related to living to make a differe...