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Topic: Discipleship (02/23/04)
TITLE: Would You Do It?
By KAREN FASIG
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The story line forced my eyes to stay glued to the television screen as the movie reel unwound what the camera had captured. The man sitting behind the glass partition related his story of innocence to the reporter who didn’t believe a word of what he said.
Conviction poured from his words as he tried to convince her of the truth of what he told her. He would be put to death for a murder he didn’t commit. The story unfolded and he told of the faithful effort the murder victim and he had put into the discipleship of others to stop the death penalty because innocent people were dying.
How ironic that now he should sit here in the exact position they had been fighting to eliminate. He was set to die in hours for a crime he hadn't committed.
Fast-forward two hours to the end of the movie. The man has been put to death and the reporter receives a video of the initial victim’s death. She begins to hyperventilate as she sees the woman swallow a small key. Then place a plastic garbage bag over her head and seal it tightly with duct tape. She then proceeds to put herself in handcuffs and lie on the floor. The suffocation scene is not pretty.
Horror strikes the reporter as she realizes that the man had been telling her the truth all along. Then another figure appears on the screen. They bend over the body of the now dead woman and the man places his thumb on the trash bag then turns his head into the full view of the camera lens.
Its him. Irony has nothing to do with it. The whole thing had been staged so these two could bring home a point and use this for discipleship of others to the cause to abolish the death penalty.
The first words out of my mouth when the credits began to roll were, “Those two people are a bunch of nuts. She kills herself and he provides the means for the police to convict him of the crime. Crazy, absolutely crazy.”
Then after letting the theme of the movie permeate my brain a little longer I realized just how committed these people were to their cause. They both laid down their lives so discipleship of others to the cause could occur.
The next question that came into my mind was, “Am I that committed to the discipleship of others to the cause of Christ? Would I lay down my life to bring someone to Christ?”
My shameful, truthful, answer came, “I don’t know.”
Disclaimer: I have not given the name of the movie due to the many sensitive scenes portrayed that may not be suitable for all eyes.