April 7, 2022

Faithspotting Oscar Slap and Response and "The Batman"

Faithspotting Oscar Slap and Response and "The Batman"

Mike and Kenny discuss the 94th Academy Award telecast, Will Smith's slapping Chris Rock, and the subsequent responses and reactions. Also discussed was the impact on the program and award winners and films. In the second half of the episode Kenny and...


Mike and Kenny discuss the 94th Academy Award telecast, Will Smith's slapping Chris Rock, and the subsequent responses and reactions. Also discussed was the impact on the program and award winners and films. In the second half of the episode Kenny and Mike review and spot faith elements in The Batman.

Faith Discussion: The immediate statement and apology of Smith reflect a lack of ability and expectation within society for true confession and unconditional apology, which are necessary for repentance.  Less than full throated confession and true repentance, as offered by King David following his sin, is what God expects and desires. 

Instead of retaliating against an offender and insult, one should offer the other cheek. Matthew 5

While they can tempt, blaming or attributing one's actions on Satan or sin etc., deflects responsibility and is not confessional or repentant. 

How love should lead persons to live in relationship with others and respond to the actions of others.   I Corinthians 13

The Batman 

Faith Spotted:

The nature and corrosiveness of vengeance which mirrors the original actions and behavior one is reacting against.

Vengeance cannot change the past but does inhibit healing. Vengeance is incompatible with Christ's teaching and life example and, as it is not of God, inhibits God working for good in the present and future, (Romans 8) including the power of forgiveness, transformation, and a restoration of community.