Les Miserables & Moi!

I’m not a big cinema fan. I’m not even a big fan of films. For some reason, they just don’t engage me. To be honest, I am known for falling asleep in pretty much Les Misany film that I watch.

Of course, there are a few exceptions;

– High School Musical
– Confessions of a shopaholic
– Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging.

These three, despite two of them being specifically classed as ‘Chick Flicks’ engaged me all the way through. I even told my wife to sshh in one of them. It’s usually the other way round.

However in addition to these three films, I must commend the new film of Les Miserables. Whilst it was no comparison musically to the stage show, I thought as a film it was brilliant. The Criteria for me to declare it a brilliant film was that I stayed awake. I think I should be a film critic.

The thing about this story, is that it shares much about what the Christian faith is all about. The theme of forgiveness is evident throughout. We see how Valjean, having been released from prison is offered a place to stay by the Bishop of Digne. Valjean steals silver from the bishop, gets caught and returned to the Bishop. The bishop, however, denies that he stole anything and that it was a gift. This act of kindness from the Bishop changes Valjeans life. Similarly the bible highlights that we also deserve judgement from God and yet God offers us a new slate. He offers complete forgiveness. In fact, his son Jesus Christ died on a cross to take our judgement, to take our place.

Then we also see the character of Javert who never completely understood or accepted forgiveness. Javert is a ‘good man’ who simply abides by the law. His understanding is very black and white, right or wrong. This causes him great trouble eventually leading to him jumping from the bridge.

The author of Les Miserables (the book), Victor Hugo, wrote these words; ‘Life’s great happiness is to be convinced that we are loved.’
This sums up the message that I am so passionate about. Life in it’s fullness, life at it’s very best comes from knowing the God who loves and values you unconditionally. Love brings forgiveness, love brings happiness, love doesn’t judge, but brings freedom.

God is love. God created it, he is the definition of it. God personifies what it means to love someone, and so what it says in Les Mis is true. – ‘To love another person, is to see the face of God’

So let me ask you a question. How do you respond to God’s love and forgiveness? Are you like Javert who rejects and misunderstands it, or are you like Valjean who allows it to transform him and change his perspective on life?

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About laughingwithtom

Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom. He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more. Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’ Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty. Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious. Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores. www.laughingwithtom.co.uk
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