Love: An Interstellar Fact

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

In my opinion, the recent sci-fi film Interstellar was a masterpiece on many fronts... as a fan of science fiction, the prospect of colonizing space, film, and of love. This movie shows really how powerful love of fellow man is, whether in a romantic, parental, or just plain old “love thy neighbor” fashion. One scene in particular shows how powerful love can be. As Christians, we know what an unstoppable force love can be.

Cooper: You're a scientist, Brand.
Brand: So listen to me when I say love isn't something that we invented. It's observable. Powerful. It has to mean something.
Cooper: Love has meaning, yes. Social utility, social bonding, child rearing...
Brand: We love people who have died. Where's the social utility in that?
Cooper: None.
Brand: Maybe it means something more - something we can't yet understand. Maybe it's some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can't consciously perceive. I'm drawn across the universe to someone I haven't seen in a decade who I know is probably dead. Love is the one thing that we're capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can't understand it.

Some of this could be placed right into Corinthians 13 in how our love should look and how powerful it should be. Corinthians 13 is how I try to shape my love in every relationship I have, but after seeing this movie and hearing/absorbing this quote, my new love mission statement has a little bit of amending.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Love is always present; through death, time, and space. Love can always be found.” 

So through your life do not let love ever become an invented feeling. Let love be an innate response to the world around you. And let all aspects of life help you to learn about love, God speaks outside the Bible, whether it’s in song, speech, film, or text. God’s message is constantly trying to get through, you just need to listen.

Sam Jacobs

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