To inspire the girls at our boarding school, I showed them "Hoosiers" starring Gene Hackman last night. Now they can't wait to begin basketball practice.
I used to preach at the church of the town where the film was made. I'm kind of proud of that. But have you noticed how "Hoosiers" is a metaphor for the small town church preacher?
The Coach, who is new to town is the preacher. He has knowledge and experience, but the townsfolk (the church) are used to doing things a certain way. The new coach wants to concentrate on fundamentals, the townsfolk want to keep up with what the other towns are doing. Sound familiar?
He concentrates on defense, and takes a chance on the town drunk to become his assistant coach. Because things don't get better immediately, everyone becomes his critic. They actually start to run him out of town, but a miracle happens and things start to turn around and the people start to buy into the system.
They even make it to the state championship and win, symbolizing the complete turn around from the stale Christianity of the past to the life of Spirit filled believers.
I have been the coach in this situations a few times. Honestly, I haven't had the fortitude every time to ride it out, sometimes I have. It is difficult being the point man in a situation where everyone else is used to doing things like they have always done. But "Hoosiers" shows us that it can be done. It is a true story, with some admitted Hollywood magic mixed in. But the magic is what we need, and God can provide that.
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