By the time you finish reading
this, it’ll be the future.
(Okay, technically, it’ll be the
present – but it’ll be the future too.)
as anyone who has a Facebook
account knows by now, October
21, 2015 at 4: 29 p.m. was the
scheduled moment that marty
mcFly arrived at the future in Back
to the Future Part II.
While this may seem like a somewhat insignificant point (although
it has been a lot of fun over the
internet), it is interesting to consider that this isn’t the first ‘future
movie’ to meet the present. Films
such as Terminator 2: Judgment
Day, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A
Scanner Darkly, 1984 and even
Conquest of the Planet of the
Apes, have all set specific dates
in the future that have come and
gone with the passage of time.
in almost every case, the future
portrayed in films has appeared
dark, oppressive and terrifying – a
grim vision of things to come.
But Back to the Future was
in this film, even the year 2015
carried with it a sense of nostalgia
and familiarity. it was the future,
but it was recognizable. it was our
future. in fact, as marty stepped
out of that alley to see the new
world around him, director robert
Zemekis deliberately draws comparisons to the scene where he
arrives in 1955.
There’s a sense of wonder in
the midst of the confusion. marty
stumbles into the clock Tower
Square because he is awestruck.
Things are different – and yet, they
aren’t. Jaws movies? check. Gas
stations? (For flying cars?) appar-
ently. Video games are still there
(even if Elijah Wood thinks it’s a
“baby’s toy”). Even pepsi exists,
and it’s perfect!
Despite the fact that he’s a
stranger in a strange land, there’s
warmth in the moment that connects with his “present” reality.
There’s innocence to the future, a
sense of purity.
True hope for our
world lies in the
hope of Jesus
christ’s promise to
more than this though, Back to
the Future stands apart in that it
reveals a future with hope. There
are problems in the future, for sure.
marty loses his job after corporate
espionage. Griff is a hooligan.
however, these all seem to be the
result of poor decisions of a few
as a whole, this vision of the
future seems vibrant and exciting.
it’s a place where you want to be.
While other visions of the future
usually come across as cold, dark
places where humanity has come
to the end of itself, Back to the
Future depicts it as an upgrade to
and, it’s for this reason that i
believe it’s become such a big deal.
By: Steve Norton
Our culture can change.
although October 21, 2015 was
really nothing more than a silly
excuse for cross-promotions and
internet memes, the excitement
truly taps into something within
the heart of our culture. There is
a passion that we should see our
world become something great.
Our hearts have yearned to see
what the future held because we
wanted to believe that something
wonderful was coming.
We know it.
We can feel it.
as a christian, i live in this expectation of God’s kingdom as it
breaks through into our world. True
hope for our world doesn’t lie in
our own initiative but in the hope
of Jesus christ’s promise to restore
the broken in his timing.
i also recognize that, even though
it may feel like the future, this reality
is not far from us. We see in Scripture that christ has established his
kingdom today and that his hope
is breaking into our world.
Because of his love for us, we
are made new and invited to signal
that hope for the world. his reality
is both the Now and Not-Yet of
our world and, in christ, we can
feel the hope of the future at this
So now, here we are. marty has
come and we’re left in the present
future. While we move forward to
the unknown, we recognize that,
while our decisions often determine our own future, the hope of
humanity lies in Someone much
bigger than ourselves. in him, we
can experience the new life of the
future in the present.
and that news – dare i say it – is
better than a hover-board.