Go see the Kendrick brothers’ fifth film, War Room, this weekend!
The film Courageous, the fourth film created by Alex and Steve Kendrick, focuses on four law enforcement officers (one played by Alex Kendrick himself) and a Latino man well played by Robert Amaya (October Baby) who all work to set “the standard they need to aim for in life.” Strong fatherhood messages of genuine care, regret, and responsibility visualize in familiar and very relatable situations.
The film ultimately points towards one common theme – who do we serve…ourselves or God? Serving God is hard in this film and in real life. We can be easily excited about approaches like initiative over complacency, but the actual work comes with support, accountability, and, of course, courage.
This work often involves God putting us out of our “comfort zones” and into scrutinizing forums, which can yield great results we grow through challenging times and unpredictable situations.
Courageous also presents the potential for cultural changes demonstrating faith in God like a ring and special resolutions similar to the Love Dare book in the Kendricks’ previous film Fireproof. The ending credits contain several messages including the following quote from Joshua 24:15:
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Courageous comes recommended (*** out of four stars) and is rated PG-13 for some violence and drug content.