Showed "Hoosiers" to the girls tonight. They loved it. Now they can't wait for basketball practice.
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 (authentic Christianity).
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 times to ride it out, sometimes I have. It is difficult being the point man in a situation where everyone else is an armchair expert, but no one else wants to step out and lead. But "Hoosiers" shows us that it can be done.
I find it interesting I used to preach in the church of the town where the film was made.
If you are in a similar situation, my best advice is to ride it out if God shows you that miracle at the breaking point. It is His way of showing you that you are on the right track.
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