Christian Themes In Forrest Gump | Finding Christ In Cinema

In what may be the most Christian theme packed episode of Finding Christ In Cinema yet, Forrest Gump is an excellent movie for sharing the gospel of Jesus with your friends. We’ll give you 3 easy-to-remember tools to do just that.

Beautiful Are The Feet Of Those Who Bring Good News

So many objects surround the theme of running in Forrest Gump: Forrest’s muddy tennis shoes at the bench, his leg braces, and his decision to run on the morning he discovers Jenny has left him once again. We can thus realize what the storytellers were trying to say about running in this film, that it is symbolic of purpose and meaning in life. Forrest finds his fulfillment in simply going wherever the wind blows him…or, wherever God leads him. He goes without question, without second-guessing, without back-talking, and without any of those other negative human attributes. He just simply goes and trusts in God to make the right decisions for him.

This image shows Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump sitting on a bus stop bench

Forrest Gump is an excellent movie for sharing the gospel of Jesus with your friends.

Keep My Commandments

Forrest isn’t just running and going with the flow of things for no reason, though; instead, he is actively obeying these commands out of respect and out of love. This single-minded obedience starts at a young age for Forrest, and it sticks with him throughout the course of his life. He is the pinnacle of single-minded obedience; he doesn’t obey out of fear but out of love. This exemplifies why we should simply obey Jesus’ commands for our lives, whether it’s selling all we have and giving that money to the poor or taking up our daily cross and simply following him. Jesus has made the call, so it’s up to us to respond with obedience.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

One of the dangers of simply and blindly obeying someone is that others may perceive you as being a fool. Plenty of people thought this about Forrest: his principal, his coaches, the old men at the barber shop, and bullies at school. Everyone thought Forrest was a moronic simpleton, and they ridiculed him for it. He was despised and rejected for his simplicity, kinda like Jesus during his ministry. Both received extremely honorable accolades in both earth and heaven (respectively speaking), and both live out their lives with that honor.

Key Texts

  • Romans 8:28-30, 37 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
  • John 14:15 – If you love me, keep my commandments.
  • Romans 2:7 – He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.

Christian Themes In Forrest Gump

In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.

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