Fireproof; Never Leave Your Partner Behind In a Fire
Marriages were meant to be take on all challenges.
Fireproof has been hailed as one of the best Christian films of our times. It is a film that brings home a very important theme and that is the disintegrating value we have given to marriage in our present day. Everyone wants to take the easy way out. In Fireproof a very interesting statement is made, and that is “Never leave your partner behind in a fire.” Troubled marriages are an emotional fire.
The movie is about the marriage of Caleb and Catherine Holt. It begins with two people, who are very unhappily married. Both have their reasons for not being satisfied with their partners. Both parties want a divorce. However, Caleb’s father, a very Godly man, and devout Christian does not agree with Caleb’s decision and gives Caleb what is known as the “Love Dare,” which is a forty day program in which one of the spouses practices unconditional love. Caleb agrees and at first he just goes through the motions. As time goes by, God works on Caleb’s heart and he not only changes but even give up his lifelong dream of having a boat, so that his wive's parent’s can have the medical equipment they needed.
Catherine’s love is rekindled by this new Caleb. The man, who when she was feeling sick not only took care of her, but also told her “Welcome to the new normal.” She is so moved by this unselfish and loving Caleb, that she rushes over to the fire station and tells him “If I haven’t told you that you are a good man, you are. If I haven’t told you that I have forgiven you, I have. If I haven’t told you that I love you, I do.” At this point in the movie you can see the power of Caleb’s unselfish testimony. She not only comes back to Caleb but she also want to become a Christian. Caleb’s relationship with his mother is also strengthened when he finds out that the whole "Love Dare" thing began with her.
What is amazing about this movie is that the only career actor in it is Kirk Cameron. The rest of the cast are church volunteers. I found the acting to be excellent, and I honestly thought these were all professional actors. This movie has also been very influential in promoting what is known as the ‘Love Dare’. The “Love Dare” is a forty day program that has served many couples as a valuable tool for salvaging what is left of their marriage. In order to do the “Love Dare” successfully, one does need to be a Christian first. Only God can give a man or women that type of unselfish love.
I would recommend Fireproof to anyone who is having a troubled marriage or simply wants to experience the power of a great movie. The movie is one of many great films from the director and writer Alex Kendrick. Alex and his brother Stephen write and produce each of the Sherwood Pictures. Their movies include Facing The Giants, FlyWheel and their newest film project, Courageous.
Divorce is not the easy way out, and it will leave you and your partner scarred emotionally for the rest of your life. Marriage is a commitment not just something you pursued while you were in love. As they say in Fireproof “Never leave your partner behind.” Love demands this.