(This is Part 3 of our 1st annual Reel Parables Movie Awards. The rest of the Reel Parables Movie Awards (for 2015) can be found here. These movies – and these awards – are greatly influenced by my How to See God’s Story in Movies series. Be sure to check it out to learn how I do what I do.)
Our next award goes to the movie that is the best Sacrificial Death Reel Parable.
And the award for best Sacrificial Death Reel Parable goes to… Inside Out!
As I said over on the Reel Parables Facebook page, Inside Out is an important movie. Sure, it’s entertaining, it’s funny for both kids and adults; typical Pixar. But it is an important movie because of the way that it shows us that emotions, especially sadness (grief), are not to be feared.
After all, there *is* a time to laugh and there is *also* a time to weep. (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
But I digress. Inside Out is also the best Sacrificial Death Reel Parable of 2015!
Bing Bong loved Riley the way God loves us!
Even though Riley “outgrew” her imaginary friend Bing Bong, Bing Bong never outgrew – or gave up – on her.
So much so that he sacrificed himself in the Memory Dump to save her. Yes, in order to save Joy from the Memory Dump, so she can save Riley, Bing Bong sacrifices himself. He falls out of the wagon so that Joy can reach the top. In doing so he falls back into the Memory Dump and forgotten is by Riley forever.
He sacrificed himself to save Riley. Just like Jesus sacrificed himself to save us.
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
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Simon L Smith