A Meaningless Little Flicker

My wife writes well here about Woody Allen's "existential horror of being alive": I am always amazed at how many people seem to agree with the Biblical concept of our lives being short, but then they stop there…short of finding the truth that can set them free.  Today during my weekly read of Newsweek Magazine, I read an article about Woody Allen that made me so sad.  It says that “at 72, he says he still lies awake at night, terrified of the void.”  And it appears that he makes movies not because it brings him joy, not because he needs the money, not because he has a message to send and not even because he just needs some purpose for himself.  “He makes movies…simply to take his mind off the existential horror of being alive.  Movies are a great diversion, he says, because it’s much more pleasant to be obsessed over how the hero gets out of his predicament than it is over how I get out of mine.”  And yes, Mr. Allen, you are right, you are in a great predicament, but life is not a “meaningless little flicker” as you call it.   You can be free from this depressed thinking, you can be free from the fear you have of death, you can be free from death itself!  I once heard a “missionary to Hollywood” speak and at the time was a little unconvinced that someone should head to Hollywood as a missionary.  However, just as it is everywhere on this earth, the need there is enormous.    Anyone without Christ- the God of the Universe, the Savior of the World- is also in a great predicament that enslaves them to sin and death.  Please Lord, change this heart and change the hearts of us who believe by giving us more compassion on those like Woody Allen.