The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Castaway

Noland & Wilson

The heart is the first thing to live in physical and in spiritual birth. ~ Oswald Chambers, Birthplace of Words

Today’s Christian in this modern world is truly a castaway. But unlike the Tom Hanks character in the movie, we are castaway intentionally by the world and voluntarily by ourselves. In Castaway, after his plane goes down leaving him stranded on a remote desert island, FedEx executive Chuck Noland wants desperately to get back to the world he is accidently separated from…a world in which he counted precious minutes the way a miser counts his nickels and dimes. We Christians, on the other hand, are here by intention and live our fleeting minutes for a precious eternity…in the sharpest contrast imaginable, we want to rescue both loved ones and strangers from the world Noland is desperately trying to get back to. But only now am I able to see the amazing metaphoric parallels between Noland’s experience and ours…

Loneliness and Despair

The modern world is an exclusive club one has to properly fit into…smile the right smile, say the right things, wink the right wink, and nod the right nod. Modern Education has become preparatory in this…training. The Modern Community is re-arranging the deck chairs to exclude those of us with original/traditional/common sensical thought. Sadly, the majority of the Modern Christian Community resembles the Euthanasia Wait List…just when their stand is needed most. Aside from my own Christian community, I am as stranded as Noland in this world. He had Wilson. I have God.


Our survival is a matter of courage, strength, and the will of our physical being…but mostly of heart. Survival is a very interesting subject that requires a critical presupposition. Am I a spiritual being having a physical experience, or am I a physical being having a spiritual experience? The world in which we find ourselves today seems to be filled with the latter, judging by the way most people are living their lives. Not only is Narcissi’s reflection pool working overtime, but its competing with its modern cousin the smart phone. With so many looking down, who’s gazing up anymore. With so many gazing in, who’s looking out…besides (former?) NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald who had this to say on the subject of our survival, “We’re undergoing a Maoist-like Cultural Revolution — with the power of the corporate mass media, corporate social media, the academy, most of corporate America, the deep state, the shadow government, and most of the legal apparatuses behind it. Anti-western, anti-individual, anti-Christian, anti-liberty monsters are ravaging our cultural legacies as well as our contemporary arts and letters. Our entire culture is under siege and undergoing an utter and relentless social justice dismantling. Leftist totalitarianism is running amok. We’re on the precipice of completely losing our culture, the benefits of western civilization, and the entire legacy of western civilizational history. A major resurgence and counter attack is necessary and soon.” Trust me dear friend, if the Maoists have their way, death will be the most merciful form of survival…

Our Rescue 

If you saw the movie you know that Noland was stranded for so long he lost everything. His wife, having given him up for dead, remarried. In a physical sense he is reborn because he has to start his life all over again, as the movie ends with a tease…leaving us guessing. Hanks was a great comedic actor in the very beginning of his career (The Money Pit). Father Schall wrote a great piece on what makes comedy called On a Nameless Dread. It really got me thinking about how much I miss real comedy, and how the herds of Millennials yearning for Socialism will likely never know what it’s like to laugh with people instead of at them. It also made me think how nations die slowly…laughter being one of the first canaries to go. But it also brought me back to survival, and how laughter is a great form of rescue…as all of us who’ve had moments of dread literally blown away with a good laugh, usually with the help of someone possessing a great delivery and an even greater sense of timing. This is where the most amazing parallel between Noland’s castaway experience and ours as Christians fell beautifully into place. Being Christian is hard by design. Staying Christian is even harder, because our rescue is ONLY found in our suffering…which happens to be the one thing that most of us have gotten pretty good at avoiding…which is why I believe the two greatest tools a Christian can have are perseverance and patience. It took Noland years of studying the moon and tides to finally figure out how to outsmart the surf that wanted to keep him a prisoner, and finally sail beyond the bars that held him. And so it is with us. Noland had Wilson…we have God. Noland had a sailboat…we have prayer. Take heart…


Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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