Beyond the Gates of Splendor


This afternoon, me and my girlfriend watched Beyond the Gates of Splendor. It is the documentary of the missionary journey of Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youdarian. Their families are prominent in the documentary. These men were speared to death in Ecuador. I really enjoyed the film. It is good to get reminders that there are other people on this earth besides Americans. We tend to forget that. I learned some things that I didn't know about their journey. I don't meant to be critical, but one thing I was disappointed with was the lack of Christ-centeredness. In fact, I do not remember hearing the words Jesus or Christ in the entire film. I remember hearing God and Lord a couple of times. I thought they were a little too vague. I think that if any of the five men martyred were here, they would be upset that the gospel was not central in the movie. They didn't lay down their lives so that some Indians would stop spearing each other. They laid down their lives trying to get the gospel to a tribe that had no knowledge of Jesus Christ. I did enjoy it though, and whole-heartedly recommend it. There is a movie coming out based on the story. It is called "End of the Spear" and should release on January 20.