Robin Hood Philippians 4:8

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men,

Feared by the bad, loved by the good,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.

He called the greatest archers to a tavern on the green,

They vowed to help the people of the king.

They handled all the trouble on the English country scene,

And still had plenty of time to sing.

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band or men,

Feared by the bad, loved by the good,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.

                Last Sunday our church had its first cantata without our old pastor and his wife and daughter. The absence of those three very dear people was painfully obvious. That alone was enough to make me cry, but to add insult to injury, when I got home I got to watch the last couple minutes of a Steelers game, which they lost in a most depressing way. After this my family proceeded to talk over all the horrific things that had already made me quite unhappy. I felt very much like curling up into a little ball of depression and then melting into a puddle of misery. After a moments discussion we decided to eat supper while watching an old black-and-white 1940’s Robin Hood TV episode. I love these episodes, and in the depression that I felt, I thought this simple, happy thing would be good for me. The moment the theme music started I felt a surge of joy and in one fell swoop all my sadness flew away. I laughed, and the verse Philippians 4:8 came to my mind. What, really, is more true, honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, of good report, and praise worthy than this funny, simple, fun little TV show? The constant joy and laughter, the striving to do good, and be honorable, to be just and pure, and to do the right thing – it is just lovely, really and simply lovely. Sure there are occasional “ghosts,” and perhaps some excessive kissing – but if you’re going to raise a fuss about that, you might as well give up trying to have any fun at all. These shows, while some people might think them stupid or boring or poorly made, are inherently good, which is a nice change of pace.

They also strike a chord with us Christians. Robin Hood, wrongly accused and made an outlaw, is now trying his hardest to uphold justice and do good to the people who are affected the most by the usurper’s cruelty – waiting, with loyalty and eager anticipation, for his true king to return and reclaim his throne. One might just as well be describing the persecuted, or even the non persecuted, Christians, as we wait for our King, The Lord Jesus Christ, The King of Kings, to come back and reclaim His throne from the usurper Satan.

I would tend to doubt that the author of these simple TV shows noticed anything of the kind, but does that mean that we cannot take the analogy and be encouraged by it? Certainly not! Does this analogy mean that now we must try to make every episode into a sermon, and not take the time to enjoy some simple fun? Well, yes and no. For starters, you’re going to have a hard time making a sermon out of some, or rather most, of those episodes, because, to be honest, it just isn’t there. But what I am saying is it is quite easy to find good, even “Godly” pleasure in these TV episodes, and that they are a wonderful relief from the darkness and cares of not only modern “entertainment,” but modern life as well. It is very nice, and a blessing.

When I realize how appropriate Philippians 4:8 is for these Robin Hood shows, I am reminded how infinitely pleasurable it is to be able to worship God even when I’m watching a movie. I’m sure there are some Christians out there, in fact I know some of them, who would tell me it’s impossible to worship God when I’m doing something as “secular” as watching a movie – but why ever not? Doesn’t the Bible say that we are to do all things to the glory of God? Of course it does! And that means you and me, even when we are watching movies. And it’s nice, and easy, to do that when I’m watching these Robin Hood TV shows – so praise God and thank God for them – they are a comfort, relief, and a real pleasure.

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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