I was thinking about 8-Mile in church

We had a guest minister this weekend.  I’ve never seen Dwight Thompson preach, but boy did I enjoy it.  (You can find a video of the service HERE.) The stand out moment for me, was when he said, “Jesus will take you, as is.  You are good enough for Jesus.” Seems simple right?  Well there are a whole lot of people who don’t think that’s true. What I thought about in this moment sounds weird, even to myself, but suddenly the movie 8-mile was in my mind.  I know, I know, yes I was in church thinking about the Eminem movie.  I was thinking about the scene where the protagonist is at his lowest of low moments, still the guy needs to go and compete in a rap competition to try and make his dream of becoming a professional rapper true.  While he is in this competition, the guy he’s up against starts taunting him, throwing in his face these sad but true bits about his life.  The next part, it’s the part I took away from the movie.  The protagonist throws down basically saying, “So what?  You don’t get to judge me.”

I know everything he’s bout to say against me

I am white,

I am a fuckin’ bum I do live in a trailer with my mom

My boy Future is an Uncle Tom

I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob

who shoots himself in the leg with his own gun

I did get jumped by all six of you chumps

And wink did fuck my girl

I’m still standin’ here screamin’,

“Fuck the Free World”

Don’t ever try to judge me dude

-expert from The battle scene in 8-Mile

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He agrees with the guy, laying out the ugly truth about his life.  He doesn’t feel sorry for himself, but glories that it’s not getting the best of him, it does not define his worth.  It was a great scene, in a film I expected to hate.  It was a very relatable moment in a relatively dark movie.  He did not let the truth about him and his circumstance take him down.  He embraced his own failures.  It’s amazing how free we become when we can own our failures.  We become human, honest, and credible when we speak the truth about ourselves.  Especially when it is an ugly truth.  Ultimately the only one who is gets to lay judgment against our ugly truths is Jesus.  The word tells me I’m not growing to my full potential when I sit and worry about what others judge about my character.

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. –John 4:17-18