Swimming Upstream: “Slumdog Millionaire Was Good, But…”

Honey body-slammed me and then twisted my left arm behind my back until it touched my nose. All the while, she whispered, “Just surrender, okay?”

I pounded the carpet with my right fist until the pain was too much to bear. “Okay, I surrender!” I screamed.

So, she let me up and pointed to the car keys on the counter. “Let’s go,” she said.

Hanging my head, I obeyed. And to be honest, once we sat down in our seats at the movie theater, I did enjoy myself.  Slumdog Millionaire was better than I thought it would be, but yet…

These fairy tale movies which depict a one in a billion chance of a person raising himself out of pathetic squalor into a life of plenty leaves a person sad after the warm fuzzies wear off.

It sort of reminds me of the the time movie actress/activist, Jane Fonda, joined the Native Americans in their picketing and occupying efforts of taking over Fort Lawson, near Seattle. All went on a hunger strike which lasted for a week. Then, a settlement was made between all parties involved.

The Native Americans then went back to their miserable lives on the reservations or wherever. But what about Jane Fonda? Poor Jane was so exhausted that she rented a villa in Acapulco for a week. How miserable, huh?

And after my popcorn bag was empty, I realized I’m as much a hypocrite as I thought Jane Fonda was back in 1970. What have I really ever done to help the poor people of the world?

Sadly, very little.

…remember the poor…(Galatians 2:10)

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian jouneys.

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5 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Slumdog Millionaire Was Good, But…”

  1. you probably just inspired others to take their own inventory… and, at least Jane did stop. She didn’t walk past the man beaten and robbed in the ditch.

    I like to think Christ carries the world on his shoulders that we don’t have to… and in return we joyfully give back, by lightening the load where we can!!

  2. cindy,

    Jane Fonda is now a believer, but most of us still remember her as a 1970’s activist. So, Jane, if you happen to stop by, I’m sorry that I picked on you.

    Your analogy about lightening the load rather than carrying the whole load is a great one. thanks.

  3. KartofflMuter

    The glass. Half full or half empty? I know which type I am. Did you know that about 6 years ago, someone won the Indian version of Millionaire? Amitabh Bachchan, the movie star who’s helicopter arrival is “shown” in the movie, was the host that year. The prize was only half the amount. Still a great whopping amount for India. I believe eight malls are still named after the man in Mumbai. It almost ruined him. He became-lazy,lacking direction, a semi celebrity who attended parties with the A-listers. Eventually,his life interrupted, he went back to school and upon graduation,started a foundation aimed at bettering the lives of poor children. He even married a former movie star who loved him for his heart and not his money. Fairy Tale my foot. Look it up.
    Dev Patel? His mother dragged him to the Skins audition because she thought it would help with his ADD. Good old mom. And his starring role in Slumdog? Pure luck thanks to Danny Boyle listening to his teenage daughter’s recommendation since she was a fan of the Skins
    serial. Anil Kapoor,likewise,was about to turn down the part of the host till his son said, “Dad! Danny Boyle! Are you kidding?” And so his father, who himself started out in modest surroundings that didn’t include shoes or much to eat,donated his entire salary to an Indian Children’s charity. And later this year,Danny Boyle and Dev Patel will be appearing on the U.K. version of Millionaire and their winnings will go to the railway children of India. It’s close enough for a fairy tale to me. And as I remind the skeptics who love to sit back and say it’s all no use so why even bother-you can always do what I did 15 years ago. I adopted a little girl through Children International. Isn’t saving ONE child a start?

  4. Well, Larry, at least you have enough Christ in you to recognize your weakness, your sin. . All you have to do now is to use his strength to help those he calls you to help. Believers have all fallen short of the mark set by Christ, but we differ in that we have the Holy Spirit to convict us when we are wrong. That is how he transforms us daily until we are radically changed into the image of Christ!

    (by the way, I saw a while back that Jane is no longer a believer. She probably never was. Sad)

  5. I thought being a good steward of what God gives us is to increase our wealth in the stock market, fatten our 401k, and make sure we have quality wheels and full refrigerators for youth functions. Then we can feed the poor. This is the same premise of putting on the oxygen mask first before we help someone else with theirs, logical in an airplane, questionable in the kingdom.

    Excuse me, I have to go pry my tongue out of the side of my face.

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