Christian Themes In The Shawshank Redemption | Finding Christ In Cinema

In SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, we look at Brooks, Red, and institution of sin and how that when we break out of it, we have to hope in Jesus’s promise to live.

This image is of Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption.

Institutionalized By Sin

Shawshank Prison, just like sin, is an institution, and those within its clutches are institutionalized. We can see this exemplified in the character Brooks Hatlen: upon his release, he cannot bring himself to live a life of freedom. He found nothing but a dead end, and it led him to commit suicide. Red found himself in the same predicament: same half-way house, same job, and same path to despair. The only difference between the two is that Red chooses to act on the promise made to him by Andy.

The Hope That Is In You

We, too, can share in that difference; just as Red found hope in Andy, we can surely place our hope in Jesus. Not because nothing is substantiating our hope on the other end, but because our hope is anchored on the other side because Jesus has already been there and has already done it. “And this hope does not disappoint, because the love of God a has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Christian Themes In The Shawshank Redemption

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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