One of my favorite films is ‘Singing in the Rain’. It has always, since my childhood, been a delight to watch. I’ve never declined an opportunity to enjoy its musical performances, dance routines, humorous dialogue, and wonderful acting performances. I also have been passionate of one thing, the namesake of the film itself–the ‘Singing in the Rain’ scene–isn’t even the most influential moment in the film. It is crucial to be sure. The character played by Gene Kelly(Donald Lockwood) is taken aback because he finally has found love in his co-star Debbie Reynolds(Kathy Seldon). It’s a fun set piece and the song coupled with Kelly’s voice is a pleasure to the eyes and ears (watch it here). I’ve also read of him having a cold amidst the torrential downpour of the rain machines. All who watch the scene are truly blessed by the performance under duress. But, as good as that scene is the one before it is truly magnified in importance. You could truly go without the ‘Singing in the Rain’ scene and title the movie change it to, ‘A Talking Picture’. The scene before is the hinge on which the movie hangs. The three main protagonists of the film, Lockwood, Seldon, and Brown are in distress on how to save the production of the film they are involved in. They have stayed up till all hours of the night and found a solution to their problem, “Make it a musical!”. In delight they discover that the day has turned over and it is somewhere around 1:30 in the morning. What follows is my favorite number and the three perform an intricate display of torture for the sake of film. (watch it here)
Read the accounts of Reynold’s unbearable feet and Kelly’s relenting perfectionism to understand why I say torture. I leave you to go watch the film and find out if I am justified in my defense of the, “hinge”. If you have watched it you know what I am going to say. The song of the scene in which I feel the whole movie turns, not ‘Singing in the Rain’, but ‘Good Morning’. I told that little story because of three things:
- I use that phrase at anytime when greeting someone.
- It’s my un-theological reason why.
- It’s my lead-in for the preferred reason why.
Just the other day I got a couple of laughs from two ladies at trivia night for greeting them in such a way, sadly I was unable to retort. But I digress, let me continue…
In my scripture reading from the other day I ran across a passage and my greeting came flying out of the page,
“And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light. Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.” Romans 13:11–14 NET
I normally use a different passage as reference but this is just as glorious. Paul here is telling us to wake up, not go on sleeping. He uses this same metaphor elsewhere,
“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the darkness for the day to overtake you like a thief would. For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4–8
These passages are referencing our attitude being enlightened by God in the gospel. Awaiting the return of Christ with expectancy. Not as those who do their sleeping at night, or who drink at night, but as those who are part of the day time, awake, alert, vibrant with anticipation. In Romans he makes this a way of compelling us towards sanctification–more holy/Christ-like living. Since, as our three friends, Lockwood, Seldon, and Brown have progressed through the night into the day, they found the salvation to their query. We too, as Christians are coming closer to salvation than when we first believed; Christ’s return is always drawing nearer, and we must live in light of that. To live as though the day is dawning. Those who do not believe the gospel are drawn to “carousing and drunkenness”, “sexual immorality and sensuality”, and “discord and jealousy”. These are thing usually done at night, not in the day. So Paul, under the Spirit’s guidance, uses this as a reference to tell us, “Good Morning”, now since it is morning let us do what comes with morning: productivity, soberness, energy, all to the affect that we promote the gospel and so fulfill Christ’s command. All those things the world does, Paul calls “works of darkness”, he says instead to “put on the weapons of light.” Later he says to , “put on the Lord Jesus Christ…” so as to, “make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.” In 1 Thes 5:8 he uses similar military connotations, “But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation.” It is because of Christ Jesus that we are of the light/day. And rightfully so, “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19 NASB
So this is the main reason I absolutely love greeting people with, “Good Morning”. At all hours of the day, It’s a subtle reminder for me to be a child of the light, of the day, waiting for the day to dawn and the morning star arises…
“Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:25–29 NASB