On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we get back in the DeLorean and travel to the not-too-distant future of 2015 and look for Christian themes in BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II. What is Marty McFly’s fatal flaw? Is it his love for money or his pride for himself?
Back To The Future and Pride Before A Fall
This film is difficult in that there is no resolution (an inherent problem in middle films). Especially regarding Marty’s numerous human frailties – specifically his sin of pride. It is this pride that causes every problem in his future history. Also, Doc Brown exhibits much intelligence but little wisdom. He misidentifies what the real issue is right from the start when he tells Marty and Jennifer that they turn out fine and that the problem is with their kids.
This is not true. The kids may have turned out differently if it had not been for Marty’s prideful heart. He cannot stand being called chicken or being made to feel less than other people. He is unable to humble himself.
Doc Brown identifies one event in Marty’s son’s life that destroys the family. He worked hard to track it all back to this event in hopes of changing the future. But he missed the true cause. To identify it correctly we need the help of Arch-nemesis Biff which we get a hint of in the Cafe 80’s when he describes Marty as “The man who took his life and completely flushed it down the toilet.”
Divine Discipline Develops Disciples
Now the focus is on the real problem. Doc Brown missed it, but Marty’s mother knows better. In Marty and Jennifer’s home Lorraine is chagrinned that the television screen is still out-of-whack. Marlene, Marty’s daughter, explains that the repairman was there to fix it but was thrown out after calling Marty “chicken.” “Your father’s biggest problem,” says Lorraine, “is that he loses all control when somebody calls him ‘chicken.’”
At the end of this installment of the Back To The Future franchise Marty is humbled. He is being disciplined and it hurts.
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
– Hebrews 12:7 NLT
Remember: Marty has met Jesus. He had been saved in Back To The Future Part 1 by that lightning strike that was prophesied – which he believed and trusted in. But now God is working on him. We don’t have to be perfect to be saved. We have to believe. Perhaps this is a good point to make to friends: Come to God. Then he can begin to work on you. You will never be saved if you must be perfect first. We are saved and then perfected.
All this and much more is discussed on this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast.
Christian Themes In Back To The Future Part 2
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