The tension watching the movie “Room” is incredibly palpable. You can’t help but cheer for Jack and his Mom to escape the tiny shed their captor has trapped them in for years.
The performances – and the movie itself – are haunting, gripping, and deserving of all the award-season praise they received.
You feel the claustrophobia and the dread sinking in as the movie confines you to the same space they’ve been confined in. There are no flashbacks. No glances outside the room. Nothing but the grim misery of life inside “Room” as Jack and Ma try to come up with their escape plan.
As one such plan is set in motion my wife and I were literally yelling at the TV in nervous agony.
Warning – Spoilers for the movie follow after the jump:
When Jack gets out of his captor’s truck and takes his first steps in the free world we couldn’t help but clap and cheer. It was one of the most incredible emotional releases we’d ever seen in a movie.
But then we realized there was still an hour left of the movie.
What we learned is that “Room” is as much about a mother and son’s dramatic abuse and escape from captivity as it is their life after captivity.
Their escape is an amazing victory. However, adjusting back to the real world after 7 years away proves to be a greater challenge than Jack and Ma could have expected.
I really enjoyed “Room” because it wasn’t just the story of a heroic escape. It dealt with extreme emotional issues that anyone could relate to – whether they’ve been in a traumatic situation or not.
Anyone who follows Jesus can relate to the struggles seen in “Room”.
Before we give our lives to Jesus we are trapped in the clutches of sin. Satan boxes us in and traps us with temptations and lies.
When we are finally rescued by the grace of Jesus there is a great sense of relief. This is a cause for celebration – a momentous occasion.
But this is not the end of our battle.
Yes, escaping the clutches of our captor Satan is an incredible feat – one that deserves to be celebrated. But it doesn’t solve everything. There’s still a fight we must face everyday.
A lot of people think once they give their lives to Jesus that all of their problems will be solved. They think becoming a Christian is a magic fix-all to get their lives on the right track.
It’s like when a student attends a youth camp or retreat, recognizes their sinful ways, and makes a decision to give their lives to Jesus. This is a wonderful decision to make. The student will feel like they’re on top of the world and can’t be stopped.
Then, as soon as they get back to the real world, the temptations return. They fall victim to the same sin they vowed to never commit again.
That’s because the battle isn’t over when we escape the “room” of our sin and surrender our lives to Christ.
In fact the battle is just beginning in those moments. Satan knows he can’t have us for eternity so he tries even harder to destroy our life on the Earth.
Thankfully we have a Savior who fights even harder in battle for us.We have a Savior who stands up for us. We have a Savior who is victorious in all things.
Our lives continue on after our escape from sin. If escaping sin was all we were meant to do in life then once we gave our lives to Jesus we would just ascend up into Heaven.
God has something more in store for us. He wants us to continue making an impact for Him in this life.
It’s a difficult, scary battle ahead. Winning this battle starts with recognizing there is a battle ongoing.
We must recognize we are still in the midst of this fight and cover ourselves in the full armor of God as we face the challenges of the real world.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17)
Have you seen “Room”? What did you think? How do you fight back against the captor’s attempts to ensnare you back into sin? Leave a comment below and join the conversation: