Being attracted to the same sex was as normal and natural to me as it was for a man and woman to be attracted to each other. I did not want to be drawn to the same sex, but for me these same sex attractions were all I had ever known. I do not think anybody feels elated with the discovery of their…
“Jesus was not revolutionary because he said we should love God and each other. Moses said that first. So did Buddha, Confucius, and countless other religious leaders we’ve never heard of. Madonna, Oprah, Dr. Phil, the Dali Lama, and probably a lot of Christian leaders will tell us that the point of religion is to get us to love each other. “God loves you” doesn’t stir the world’s opposition. However, start talking about God’s absolute authority, holiness, … Christ’s substitutionary atonement, justification apart from works, the necessity of new birth, repentance, baptism, Communion, and the future judgment, and the mood in the room changes considerably.”—Michael S. Horton (via humble beast)
This week, in my college Christian union, we started looking at the book of Ruth, and it got me thinking about the importance of having the right attitude. Ruth and Naomi were both in dire situations. They were poor widows; who had lost their breadwinners and companions. In biblical times, there was a highly patriarchal society. The man was the breadwinner, he made the decisions for the family, brought in income and represented the family legally, economically and even spiritually (women sat in a more secluded part of the temple and were not allowed to present the sacrifices to atone for their sins). Women had their standing based on their relationships with men; mother of, wife of, sister of, daughter of. Now that these women were left without a husband or children, they had been relegated to the bottom of the food chain.
Naomi’s husband (Elimelech) had moved the family to Moab in search of greener pastures and had fully involved himself in their society, as did his sons, who married women from the town. On the part of Elimelech, moving to Moab made sense. There was a famine in Israel and people did what they felt was best, not what the Torah said. God had s, but I guess in desperation and hope for a better life, Elimelech took his family to Moab.
Now Naomi and Ruth were in similar positions, but Naomi was bitter, her heart. She was hard and her heart was turned away from God. She felt God was against her, he had taken her husband and sons. For all her years abroad, she had nothing to show for it. No wealth, no happy family or happy story to tell. She conveniently forgot that her family had disobeyed God’s laws and that the things, the good things she owned were not hers but God’s to give in the first place. Her focus so far removed from God Ruth was a young widow with a foreign widowed mother in law. She decided to go with her mother in law to a town where she was pretty much considered the scum of the Earth. Rather than focusing on the negative of her situation, she focused on what was better, and hopes of a future. She would stick with Naomi, embrace her people and take care of her.
What I’m trying to get at, is the fact that there is always a choice in how you look at things. Your heart condition determines your outlook, and the way you look at life will always determine how far you go. It’s something you see in self help books, but I prefer the Christian slant. If you focus on God, when things come your way, good or bad, you are not carried away on a wave of emotions. Your heart and mind are focused on better things. You look for ways to help others, and see ways that God has been good to you. Hard times are ALWAYS a lesson. So from now I’m GOING TO BE WORKING ON HAVING A Ruth kind of heart. J
Chiemerie - It would have been a chance for Nigerians to get international acclaim, but now it’s down the drain. Thanks to the casting director. Chimamanda, when JK. ROWLINGS WANTED TO GIVE OUT HER SIGNATURE FOR HARRY POTTER TO BECOME A MOVIE, SHE INSISTED THAT ALL THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES…
It’s not been documented much abroad, but Nigeria has one of the most vibrant, active film scenes in the world; over the last couple of decades, it’s overtaken the United States to become the nation that produces the second largest quantities of film per year, behind only India. And while the films and stars of “Nollywood,” as it’s nicknamed, haven’t yet crossed over to the Western mainstream, it’s surely only a matter of time before their influence becomes felt. And now, it’s been announced that Nigerian backers are teaming with British producers for a star-laden adaptation of a novel that tells a key part of the nation’s history.
Screen Daily reports that producers Andrea Calderwood (“The Last King of Scotland,” “Generation Kill”) and Gail Egan (“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “The Constant Gardener”) have fully financed, thanks to help from both Nigerian private equity and the British Film Instute, their adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel “Half of a Yellow Sun.” The novel, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007, is set during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970, when the south of Nigeria attempted to secede and form their own country, the Republic of Biafra, and tracks a revolutionary university professor, his lover, her sister, a British ex-pat, and their houseboy, who are cought up in the conflict across the 1960s.
Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele, who’s had a number of successes on the London stage, including his adaptation of seminal post-colonial novel “Things Fall Apart,” is making his directorial debut with the project, and he’s assembled quite an impressive cast, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper and Thandie Newton all locked into the film. The trade don’t have a firm word on who each is playing, but our guess is that Ejiofor will play university professor Odenigbo, Newton his lover, Olanna, and Cooper will play Richard, a British ex-pat in Nigeria to study.
It’s a pretty terrific cast, not least a rare lead role for Ejiofor, one of our favorite working actors, while the presence of Cooper hot off “The Devil’s Double” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” will undoubtedly help the film internationally. Filming starts in March, before Ejiofor segues to Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years A Slave,” so we’re unlikely to see this before 2013, but it certainly seems to be a film to keep an eye on.
Things I don’t like about this.
“Last King of Scotland” (urggh)
“The Constant Gardener” (bleh)
“Thandie Newton” (really though??!)
“Dominic Cooper” (really?)
All of this!
Why is Thandie Newton playing Olanna?
I wish they would stop casting Sophie and Thandie in every African movie, their accents are so wack. Give Genevieve Nnaji or another nollywood actress a chance and I hope they don’t try.and make Richard the central character.
Not only that, both Sophie and Thandie are mixed race, Olanna is not. I don’t remember how Olanna was physically described in the book (something does tell me she was described as light skinned while her twin sister was darker) but both her parents are Igbo. I mean Chiwetel Ejiofor is to play Odenigbo! I don’t think Genevieve would look bad as Olanna either. Also I’m curious to know who’d play Olanna’s twin sister in this movie.
And we know that the chances of Richard being the central character are high. I just…don’t know how I feel about this movie.
That’s exactly what I was thinking. I’m just wondering what role Adichie played in all of this.
I get so tired of Western-made African films doing these sorts of things. When you think of “The Last King of Scotland” one doesn’t necessarily think of just how evil Amin was to the people of Uganda. Instead, one thinks of a white man made prisoner by a vicious African dictator, and who just happened to be one of the few closest to Amin who really saw Amin for what he was - or tried to do anything about it.
And of course “The Constant Gardener” makes Quayle and his angelic wife the white saviours of a pharmaceutical company’s fraudulent practices. Who cares that the story was actually based on real events that took place in Kano, Nigeria (not Kenya but hey, Africa looks the same wherever, neh).
I wonder if Thandie will be able to successfully pull of a Nigerian accent because I’ll be damned if they have British accents in the film. I’m confident in Ejiofor’s abilities as he’s Igbo and has strong ties to Nigeria. But Newton just doesn’t seem right in any way.
What utter crap with the casting apart from Ejiofor. I’m not looking forward to this.
I’m a Christian, or at least I label myself one. I’ve been one for as long as I can remember. My dad is a Preacher, my mum leads the women’s group, I’ve sang in choirs, danced, written a play or 2 for the drama group, worked as an usher, helped out in Children’s church, distributed flyers, read books and the rest. I’ve gone through the motions. All of them.
I’ve wandered through my teenage years, “in the Spirit” and out. I guilt trip myself in and out of all the motions, and try to use emotion to try and imitate what only the Spirit,can do.
Now I’m going to be 20, and I can’t do it anymore. I want to love Jesus more than humanly possible to love. I want to. I want to be his friend, his daughter, an eager foot soldier that is willing and ready to as he commands. A Mary, a Rahab, a Tamar. One whose heart longs to please.
Now that I am taking the time to think about it, it’s amazing. Someone, not just an ordinary someone, but the Creator of Heaven and Earth, as well as all the galaxies known and unknown, left his throne, and came down to Earth to die for me, so I can forever be with him. And I know what he has done. I’ve known for 19 years, but I don’t think I’ve been appreciative. I act anyhow, like my life is my own. And it isn’t. I’ve even given into the sinful urge to view Christianity as a prison. A little room of do’s and don’t’s,sprinkled with Christianese and melded with many different thoughts on “what a Christian ought to do”, “how a Christian ought to feel” and “what a Christian ought to look like”. And then I panick and run away.
Yesterday, I listened. Believe it or not, scoff or not, God has been trying to speak to me. He wants me to hang out with him. Get to know him again. Let him into my life properly, not have “Christian” and “Non Christian” parts of my life. But allow him influence me totally. How I dress, how I speak, how I laugh. Everything. How am I going to do that??
Read my bible and pray. Every day. A couple of verses, a chapter, a whole book. Listen to podcasts. Sing songs. Have quiet moments where I just think about him and listen. Wonder what he would have me do, and not just in an abstract way, but very practically.
I’m now excited. I feel like I’m about to catch up with an amazing friend of mine. But its much deeper than that. Much more important, and special.