Unplanned Movie Featuring Abby Johnson as Saul

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Unplanned Movie Featuring Abby Johnson as Saul

The movie unplanned is a movie full of emo­tion that gen­er­ates many feel­ings among those who view it. For myself two things came instantly to mind. The first I’ve already writ­ten about, namely the movie being a mod­ern ver­sion of the China Syn­drome except based on fact rather than fic­tion. The sec­ond is more pro­found a verse of scrip­ture that per­fectly encap­su­lates the key moment of the film.

In Acts Chap­ter 9 Saul of Tar­sus the per­se­cu­tor of Chris­tians is blinded by the Light of the Lord and led to the city of Dam­as­cus where he had intended to con­tinue the per­se­cu­tion of fol­low­ers of Christ. As he waits and prays the Lord appears to a fol­lower of Christ in the city

There was a dis­ci­ple in Dam­as­cus named Ana­nias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ana­nias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”

The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tar­sus named Saul. He is there pray­ing, and (in a vision) he has seen a man named Ana­nias come in and lay (his) hands on him, that he may regain his sight.

(Acts 9:1112)

As a rule you don’t see a whole lot of peo­ple talk­ing back to God But Ana­nias knew who Saul was and the thought of going before him was so shock­ing that he was will­ing to actu­ally ques­tion God over it.

But Ana­nias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has author­ity from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.”

(Acts 9:1314)

God how­ever puts an end to the dis­cus­sion with these words in verse 15

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a cho­sen instru­ment of mine to carry my name before Gen­tiles, kings, and Israelites,

He then in verse 16 fol­lows with the words that came instantly to my mind at the crit­i­cal moment of the film (empha­sis mine)

“and I will show him what he will have to suf­fer for my name.

Some peo­ple think the most hor­ri­ble things in this movie is the view of the abor­tion on the screen and the of the POB room. These are things that the show­ing of what the left and the media have con­spired to keep unseen from people’s eyes and to be sure they are ter­ri­ble things.

But for me the scene the real hor­ror and the crit­i­cal moment of the film is the suf­fer­ing of Abby John­son when the real­iza­tion of what she has done and the full weight of it strikes her. That is the moment when God shows her what she will have to suf­fer for his name.

Inter­est­ingly this scene occurs twice is the film once at the start and once when the flash­back is com­plete. Gen­er­ally a scene that is repeated in a movie doesn’t con­vey as much emo­tion as the 1st time it is seen, but for me it is the flash­back and the years of ded­i­ca­tion she had to her task that makes the crit­i­cal moment of the film what it is.

In that moment Abby John­son sees her­self in the light of truth. It’s a glo­ri­ous gift because that moment makes pos­si­ble all the good she has done and all the lives she has touched but like Paul the price of the removal of her blind­ness means fac­ing the pain cause by what she has done.

I don’t know if I could han­dle a moment like this. Abby John­son han­dles such a moment every day of her life.

The movie unplanned is a movie full of emotion that generates many feelings among those who view it. For myself two things came instantly to mind. The first I’ve already written about, namely the movie being a modern version of the China Syndrome except based on fact rather than fiction. The second is more profound a verse of scripture that perfectly encapsulates the key moment of the film.

In Acts Chapter 9 Saul of Tarsus the persecutor of Christians is blinded by the Light of the Lord and led to the city of Damascus where he had intended to continue the persecution of followers of Christ. As he waits and prays the Lord appears to a follower of Christ in the city

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”

The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and (in a vision) he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay (his) hands on him, that he may regain his sight.

(Acts 9:11-12)

As a rule you don’t see a whole lot of people talking back to God But Ananias knew who Saul was and the thought of going before him was so shocking that he was willing to actually question God over it.

But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.  And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.”

(Acts 9:13-14)

God however puts an end to the discussion with these words in verse 15

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites,

He then in verse 16 follows with the words that came instantly to my mind at the critical moment of the film (emphasis mine)

“and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.

Some people think the most horrible things in this movie is the view of the abortion on the screen and the of the POB room. These are things that the showing of what the left and the media have conspired to keep unseen from people’s eyes and to be sure they are terrible things.

But for me the scene the real horror and the critical moment of the film is the suffering of Abby Johnson when the realization of what she has done and the full weight of it strikes her. That is the moment when God shows her what she will have to suffer for his name.

Interestingly this scene occurs twice is the film once at the start and once when the flashback is complete. Generally a scene that is repeated in a movie doesn’t convey as much emotion as the 1st time it is seen, but for me it is the flashback and the years of dedication she had to her task that makes the critical moment of the film what it is.

In that moment Abby Johnson sees herself in the light of truth. It’s a glorious gift because that moment makes possible all the good she has done and all the lives she has touched but like Paul the price of the removal of her blindness means facing the pain cause by what she has done.

I don’t know if I could handle a moment like this. Abby Johnson handles such a moment every day of her life.