El Sicario, ISIS, and the Grace of God
Despite this, he may have made one of the best evangelistic films I’ve ever seen.
You can’t play it in your youth group, however…you probably can’t show it in any group.
The film is called “El Sicario Room 164” and for the first hour it is nothing but a hooded, professional cartel killer describing his work in graphic detail…from one of the hotel rooms he did his work in.
It is not for delicate in sensibilities, nor for the faint in heart.
The sicarios killings and torture methods are laid out in all their horror with the pride of a craftsman.
I had to take a break from watching it twice…it was more than I could handle.
The last twenty five minutes or so are devoted to how Jesus came and saved the monster we’d been watching.
The killer drops his calm, calculating, exterior when describing his conversion… he weeps with joy as he describes being born again.
The power of the Gospel strangles the forces of hate as easily and as finally as the sicario had strangled his victims.
The movie ends with that testimony.
If you believe the mans story (and I do) you must conclude that no one is outside the power and grace of God.
That includes cartel killers and radical Muslim ones.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal…
We really don’t believe that…we believe the weapons of our warfare were not carnal until we developed really powerful carnal weapons.
Questions abound if we’re honest…but we’re not.
I wonder why God didn’t choose to save this man before he dispatched 400 or 500 people to unmarked graves.
I wonder why God didn’t choose to save the man who made the movie… who I still grieve for every day as one grieves for a father unmet.
I wonder if the families of his victims would celebrate his adoption by the Father when he took the father of their family.
I wonder why the thought of bombing radical Islam with the Gospel is not nearly as appealing as blowing them to hell.
I confess that I still think myself and others deserve grace that should be denied to others.
I will comfort myself with Deut 29:29 and proclaim such things as “mystery”.
It’s easier than asking those questions…