I'm sitting on the couch blogging and watching what appears to be one of the stupidest movies I've ever seen: "Mission to Mars." I suppose it might be a little better if we turned the volume up enough to actually hear what was going on, but just from watching it, it looks pretty bad. Two minutes into it I wanted to strangle half the characters, including Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins, who I normally love. The cable info gives the movie 2 stars but called it "an exceptional sci-fi saga, with stunning special effects," so I figured I'd give it a chance. Big mistake. It's not even stupid enough to be funny. Maybe with some Mystery Science Theater commentary - then it might be good.
On the other hand, when I was home this morning waiting for my doctor's appointment, I watched "Amazing Grace," the story of the abolitionist William Wilberforce. It was very good. It was sickening to watch how people were more concerned about business interests than doing the right and moral thing. But I know that still happens today. It doesn't seem as obviously immoral, but it happens. Of course, I'm sure that slavery didn't seem as obviously immoral then to many people. In the movie, people had to convinced. I still don't understand that.
There was this wonderful line in the movie by John Newton, the former slave trader who wrote the hymn, "Amazing Grace." (He was played by Albert Finney.) I can't remember it exactly now, but it was about how sometimes God doesn't work in lightning bolts and thunder; sometimes he does his work with a gentle drizzle - drop by drop by drop. I just love that.