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FCC 162 BLACK PANTHER
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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we bypass the camoflauge and look for Christian themes in BLACK PANTHER. Why is Wakanda hidden under a buschel? How does T'Challa make it a city on the hill? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!GUEST(S)
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Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 162.

I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.

Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.

We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; the plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.

You are tuned in to Finding Christ in Cinema on the GCTNetwork.

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OH, AND ANOTHER THING... ADDENDUMS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
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GENERAL FILM REVIEW (Trailer)AUDIO
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BLTFurther Reading: The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger
(by Adam Serwer / The Atlantic)
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/black-panther-erik-killmonger/553805/
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INITIALSDISCUSSIONAUDIO
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BLTWakanda is a beautiful city...

...that has just one, little sin...

...the same sin of the Pharisees and Sadducees...

Chip Dodd on integrity:
"Integrity means whole or sound. Implied in the soundness is that one’s insides and outsides have consistency. Not perfection, but consistent dependability of truthfulness. Simply put, at 1:00 am a person possesses the essential character they present at 1:00 pm. Their intentions, words, behaviors, and follow-through can be depended upon—imperfect though it will always be."

"Children naturally expect integrity, and are deeply wounded when they find that the appearance doesn’t match reality."

Foreshadowing: the first ritual combat against M'Baku and the wound to T'Challa > the wound T'Chaka causes in his son by lying and not having integrity.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 NASB
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?

Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened.

For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

(Boasting to be Christians while espousing sexual sin within the congregation = Christianity without integrity)
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mhWakanda is the light of the world (kosmos)

Or, the sins of the fathers

Or, everything that's old is new again

Or, is the modern Church to blame for the evils in the world?
Exodus 19:5-6 (NASB)
Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 4:6-8 (NASB)
So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

Matthew 5:14-16 (NASB)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Luke 8:16-18 (NASB)
“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
SOUND BITE 1: How many times do I have to teach you, just because something works does not mean that it cannot be improved.

SOUND BITE 2: He killed his own brother and left a child behind … You cannot let your father’s mistakes define who you are. You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.

SOUND BITE 3: Well, maybe your home is the one that’s lost. That’s why they can’t find us.

SOUND BITE 4: Why didn’t you bring the boy home? … I must right these wrongs.

SOUND BITE 5: This is where our father killed our uncle … This will be the first Wakanda outreach center.
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LISTENER CHALLENGEAUDIO
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What Christian themes have you found in...?
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INITIALSMAIL/VOICEMAIL/LISTERNER FEEDBACK (Stinger)AUDIO
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PS Breanna McFarland email fcc@gmail.comI wonder if you've had the chance to see Black Panther. I couldn't recommend it more, if you've yet to see it. If you've seen it, you probably know what I'm talking about already.

Visually stunning, reframing my perspective on the world around me, Black Panther has to be seen to be understood. And in seeing it, it's clear that the message of Christ shines through from the get-go. Wakanda is a nation gifted with an incredible endowment from their god. Through Bast, Wakanda has vibranium, which, kept secret from the rest of the world, allows them to thrive in ways our civilization only dreams of. Like Wakanda, the nation of Israel was chosen by Yahweh to point the rest of the world towards Christ and salvation in him. In the Old Testament, Israel mostly kept their faith to themselves, and one normally had to be born a Jew to have a hope of learning of God.
But all that changed with Christ's death on the cross. As he died, the veil of the Temple tore, indicating that all could now commune with the Holy Spirit, rather that having to go through a priest. With T'Chaka's death and T'Challa's rise to power {trying to avoid spoilers here}, vibranium and Wakandan technology are to be shared with the world. Faith in God and fellowship with Him are far more precious than vibranium.
The analogy goes deeper [spoiler alert sound here]. N'Jadaka, AKA Erik Killmonger, is a half-American, half-Wakandan who grew up hearing stories of the promised land that he had never seen. There's a bit of an Israelites-in-the-desert vibe here. More than that, I think he can symbolize the "seed that fell on the thorns and rocky ground". He had the potential to be welcomed into the fold, but, through no action of his own (other than N'Jobu's (sin) legacy passing to him), he never came into the fold and realized his true potential life in Wakanda (in Christ).

I'm still working on and thinking through the character of M'Baku. The man who challenges T'Challa for the throne, (relatively) gracefully accepts defeat and his subservience to the man who beat him, cares for the same man when he shows up on his doorstep on the brink of death, and isn't even tempted by the offer made him by T'Challa's mom and sister of the glowing purple plant that would've made him the Panther. He's so selfless in this, and such a complex character, that I really think there's something there. I may write back if I'm able to put my finger on it.

This movie may take a little while and a few more viewings to untangle, but I think I can sense a gold mine in the making, not just from the excellent content but from the incredible exposure this film has had. Everywhere I look on my social media, this film has taken over.

If you've made it this far, I can't thank you guys enough. Thank you for all your hard work that goes into putting the show together, and may God bless all you do.

Your friend in Atlanta,

Breanna H. P. McFarlandd
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PS Philip Comment on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI | FCC 161Hey guys, great to have you back! Congratulations on your radio endeavors and Micah's graduation- he's incredibly articulate and mature, not only for his age, but as a person in general.

I haven't seen Last Jedi since the theater, but one thing that has stuck with me is the development of my favorite of the new characters- Finn. Strangely enough, the one part of the film most seem to dismiss as a waste I think is most crucial to his development- Canto Bight. I think Rose & Finn's encounter with Benicio del Toro, where they came to trust him, and were later betrayed, helped push Finn from being motivated by his self interests of staying alive, and his friendship to Rey, to the realization that a life devoted simply to oneself- like Benicio del Toro's character, is just plain wrong and empty. This all leads to my favorite moment of all the new Star Wars films, when Phasma calls Finn "scum" during their fight, and he responds with "Rebel Scum". It is at this point that we know Finn isn't just out for himself(and Rey when it suits him), but has committed to a cause larger and more important than his own self interests. Staying alive and helping our friends is important, but a Christian needs to be fully committed to God in every way, not just those that feel important at the time. Like Jesus tells us- we need to be willing to surrender our life if we really want to find our fulfillment in Him. And this means our total, unequivocal commitment to Jesus and His church.

Love you guys, love the show! #muhweeladgimli
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INITIALSREEL NEWS (Stinger)LINKAUDIO
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WELL MANNERED FRIVOLITY (Sound Cart)
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INITIALSLIGHTNING ROUND (Stinger)
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UPCOMINGA sneak peak at what is coming up next episode. This is a TEASE to convice folk not to miss it!
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JUSTICE LEAGUE?
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