I spent 10 years preaching (1992-2002) in the great little community of Tulia, Texas. Tulia is a wonderful little town of about 5000. What a blessing it was to start raising my children there and be a part of such a loving community and church.
While I was there Tulia made national headlines with a single drug bust where 46 people were arrested. Because 36 of them were black, it wasn’t long until the ACLU got involved and made it a “racial” thing instead of a drug thing. When it finally ended years later, those arrested were all pardoned by the Governor, and the wonderful little town of Tulia was left with a black eye but a closer community.
Although I have my opinions, I’m not here to argue about who was right and who was wrong. But I will tell you, I learned that you can’t believe everything you read or watch on the news.
Since the drug bust, the trials and the pardons, a book has been written about the Tulia incident from a pretty one-sided view. AND NOW? I read today where a movie deal is in the works. Yea, a movie. That is huge. I laughed when I read that they already had Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton signed to star in it? Isn’t that amazing?
As I sat and thought about the movie about Tulia it made me wonder who might play me in the movie. You know, if I actually had a part in the movie, “who would play me?” I immediately thought of Brad Pitt or Matthew McConaughey (ha), but really a Tim Allen would probably be a better fit for me. But then I thought, just for fun, I might ask around and see who my family thought should represent me. So, I asked my sweet, loving and encouraging wife and she just died laughing. After regaining control she said, “like you’d really have a part.” So I asked the rest of my family, and they all thought about it and came up with this guy. He would best represent me in a movie. (click here to meet him).
So here’s a cool question: if someone played you in a movie, what actor/actress would you want playing you, AND who would your spouse say should represent you? Also, what kind of movie would you want to be in, a comedy, drama, romance, suspense, western, war or a disaster movie.
And, let’s hope the movie about your life wouldn’t be rated any worse than PG.