Christian Themes in Cast Away | Finding Christ In Cinema

On this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema, we look at the Man vs. Nature conflict embedded in the film Cast Away and use that as a platform to proclaim Jesus’ instructions to not worry about tomorrow.

This is an image is Chuck Noland talking to Wilson the volleyball in the Tom Hanks film Cast Away.

Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

In Cast Away, Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) is untimely ripped from his world of control and power and supplanted in a chaotic world over which he has no control. He goes from having all the power by “keeping track of time” to having “power over nothing.” But it is when he realizes that he has these limitations that he is able to transform from cold-hearted corporate boss into a humble human being.

Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself

This is reminiscent of Jesus’s admonition in his Sermon on the Mount to not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). Chuck thought he had everything figured out because he never allowed himself the “sin” of losing track of time and always felt like he could provide for himself as long as he kept the time, but after his transformation he becomes content in knowing that he is being provided for and that he needn’t worry.

Christian Themes In Cast Away

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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