In an era where speaking about out your faith in public is deemed bizaare and claiming your religious beliefs to be the only correct way is equated to narrow-mindedness, it is an uphill task to make a Christian movie which shares the Gospel unashamedly and exalts the name of Christ unapologetically. Sadly, many so-called Chrisitian movies have succumbed to these pressures of the secular world and have shied away from taking the name of the Lord. Few years ago I had watched the Passion of Christ. That movie had no leg to stand on. It tried to present Christ as a victim of human injustice rather than the Lord of Heaven and Earth. A few weeks ago I watched another movie called End of Spear which again came a cropper. It was the story of Jim Elliot (the famous missionary who died along with 4 friends while evangelizing Waodani people in Latin America) but not even once the name of Jim Elliot’s Lord was taken in the movie. The message of the movie was not Christ’s Gospel but Humanistic nonsense.
Enter Fireproof and I was not too keen to waste my time once more. However, at my wife’s behest I watched it for a few minutes and then never got out of my chair. It was wonderful.
It is a movie about an unbelieving couple who are almost on the verge of divorce. They both blame each other for the failure of their marriage and there is apparently no other solution to their problems but divorce. This is where the movie takes a decisive turn and the husband’s father, a godly man, pleads with his son to refrain from taking any drastic decision for the next 40 days. He gives him a book Love Dare which guides him to the path of saving his marriage. The husband finds the path very humiliating and unrewarding, but at his father’s insistence presses on. He finally becomes a believer in the course of the 40 days and from then on it is about showing the love of God to his emotionally estranged wife, and winning her back not only to himself, but also to Christ. The title of the movie is Fireproof because the husband happens to be a fire-fighter who rescues many a people from infernos, but is not able to rescue himself from the fire of divorce – threatening to devour his marriage.
The husband’s role is played by Kirk Cameron and he does an outstanding job. He is a committed Christian and this is a very strong point for the movie. The movie does not have any of those mawkish love scenes which characterize Hollywood movies but there is one romantic scene at the end. Kirk Cameron has clarified that it was his real-life wife with whom he had done that scene and not with Erin Bethea, the wife in the movie. In any case, the scene is not indecent at all.
The movie crew all come from a single church and the revenue from the movie is going to Kirk’s ministry organization, Camp Firefly. All in all, this is a movie which every Christian can watch. The Gospel is clearly presented, the name of Christ is unashamedly taken, and the solution to marital problems is conveyed as the Christ-like love to one’s spouse. I can heartily recommend this movie.