My daughters have both watched the Phantom of The Opera about a trillion times each. At some point I had to 'discourage' them from watching it as they would walk around the house singing in the most irritating falsettos (okay, the singing wasn't so bad it just got really old after I'd heard the same song 42 times in the last hour). We are currently in our summer series titled See You at the Movies, so when my older daughter filled out the movie card suggesting Phantom of The Opera as a movie with a great moral and spiritual message, my first impulse was to discard it. All I can say now is I'm glad I didn't. It was a superb hit on Sunday with its myriad spiritual messages. Here are just a few of them:
- Like the Phantom, we are gifted by God for a purpose but 'scarred and disfigured' by tragedy, life-circumstances, abuse and numerous other 'issues' that we contend with.
- Like the Phantom, many of us hide our giftedness behind a 'mask' which serves to obscure not just our faces (personalities) but our gifts.
- If you don't confront and deal with your dysfunction, it is liable to draw more attention than your gift, and consequently distort the image people have of you.
- A romanticized and distorted view of life, stemming from your woundedness, can make you believe that you have a right to do or take whatever you want regardless of the cost to anyone else.
- Be careful what voices you listen to, or allow to speak into your life. Seduction and deception often masquerade themselves in qualities that we are seeking in others. (Christine was convinced that her musical gift came from the "Angel of Music" that was assigned to protect, guard, and guide her)
- Pure and unadulterated love that seeks the highest good of others will always win out over greed, lust and manipulation.
Have you seen the movie? If so, what hidden moral or spiritual lessons did you find? If you haven't seen it, then what the heck are you waiting for? log-off the computer and hurry down to Blockbuster before they close!