A Lesson From The Luchador.
This past Sunday I preached from Colossians 2:20-23. In this text, Paul is addressing some false teachings specifically based around asceticism.
The basic thought for our churches today, is that we need to be cautious when we start thinking that certain aspects of practical ‘church’ life are ordained commands. In other words, wearing a suit and tie to church is not like evangelism, communion or baptism.
Bottom line; sometimes our acts of church can be based in “self-imposed worship” and “false humility” instead of authentic love for Christ (Col. 2:23).
Though strange, this concept has a lot to do with Nacho Libre.
The night before I preached, my sister-in-law was at our house and asked to borrow Nacho Libre (my favorite movie). As I searched our television cabinet for the DVD, I suddenly realized the amazing similarities between Nacho’s adventure and what I was about to preach the next morning.
For those of you who do not know this comedic tale, Nacho is a young monk living and serving as the cook of Mexican Orphanage. He struggles between all his “duties” of monastic life and his dreams to be a “Luchador” (Mexican wrestler).
Eventually, through Nacho’s struggle, he has a moment (prayer candle scene) with God, where he realizes that his life is not about the pursuit for monastic godliness or selfish glory.
Nacho realizes that serving God, by serving others (the orphans) is really what matters.
As soon as he realizes this, his robe catches on fire. As he rolls on the ground to put the fire out, his robe is destroyed and his true identity (and his stretchy pants) are revealed to the monks and orphans. Therefore, he is now forced to embrace his new destiny!
Check out the following scene mash-up!
So what about us? Are we stuck between legalistic church life (Christian checklists) and prideful rebellion (self-seeking glory)?
Maybe we need to have a moment like Nacho, where we petition Him to bring us balance in thought, word and deed? Maybe, if could focus for a moment on those who need our help (the orphans); we would get a glimpse of what service to God is really all about?
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