Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen Jurassic World yet and you plan on seeing it, you may want to wait to read this post since a few plot points may be given away.
Just when you thought T-Rex was the scariest possible villain you could image, Jurassic World proves that scarier dinosaurs are possible.
While I'm not a well-respected cinema critic, I do enjoy seeing the latest blockbuster film, especially in the heightened summer time, when releases are even "bigger and better." I went with some friends to see Jurassic World this weekend (along with millions of other Americans) and I jumped and screamed at all the right times. Actually, I think the seven-year-old boy beside me was more composed during the movie than I was.
As I was watching the movie unfold, I'll admit some of the scenes were predictable and formulaic. But, I was struck by the story of Jurassic World as told by Claire.
Apparently the theme park (think Disney World-Dinosaur edition) had been running well for many years, with people from around the world coming to enjoy the attractions ranging from safari type rides to a Sea World-inspired exhibition of a Mosasauraus. But what Claire found was that dinosaurs were not enough of an attraction for the general public any more. Every two or three years, the scientists were challenged with creating a bigger and better genetically-modified dinosaur to satiate the masses' hunger for more.
Thus, the need for the creation of Indominus Rex, a cross between a T-Rex and unidentified other dinosaurs and animals. It's apparent that Indominus was created to wow, to scare, to draw in more crowds with more money than ever before. Unfortunately, not much concern was given to safety or how to control the animal. And so begins the quest to capture the animal that has unleashed her fury on the island.
The question is posed in the movie, when did dinosaurs become not enough? Why had people lost the fascination with the original prehistoric mammals and begged for more?
As I thought about this idea of a consumer-driven culture that drives people to create bigger and better things which draw our attention for a fleeting second before we want more, I thought about what that looks like in our churches today.
At times, it seems like worship services can be more like concerts with loud music, flashing lights, sometimes even fog machines. Churches are getting bigger and better around every corner. But when will it be enough? Is it possible that we could become so driven by our desire to entertain and draw the masses that we will lose sight of the reason we exist - to glorify God?
Jesus is at the heart of our story. His truth will never grow old. He is enough. He's more than flashing lights and catchy praise songs, He's the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. We praise Him, not just for the things that He's done, but because He is worthy of our praise.
It's my prayer as Christians today, we will not lose sight of the wonder and awe of Jesus Christ. That we will not be driven by this consumeristic passion to be constantly impressed and want more, but rather that we can recognize Jesus for who He is and what He has done.