One of my favorite movies when I was a child was the Christmas classic, Home Alone. When I was in elementary school, I got to watch Macaulay Culkin live out every child’s fantasy on the big screen: no parents, no siblings, freedom without end, and making your home into a legitimate war zone. The desire to be a mischievous hero marked every little boy my age.
If you remember the plot line, Culkin’s character, “Kevin,” had a pretty awful family. He had a brother Buzz who wanted to feed him to his tarantula. He had to bunk with his cousin Fuller who was prone to bed-wetting and was downing some serious levels of Pepsi. Worst of all, his cheapskate Uncle Frank was known for spouting off towards Kevin one of the most memorable movie lines of all time: “Look what you did, you little jerk!”
Let’s face it: Kevin did not have the best family in the world, so when they dramatically disappeared one morning before Christmas, Kevin thought he had been raptured into a parent-less bliss. His wish had become true. His annoying family had been whisked away from his home.
While every child has probably wished a family member away at some time in their lives, every person also knows what it is like to be overwhelmed with the state of their family. While we all have those family members that disappoint or upset us, we also know what it is like to be truly concerned with the salvation of a family member.
It’s beyond they get on our nerves, we are truly worried about the state of their souls.