St. George Coptic Orthodox Church Presents SELHO
The youth of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Monee, Ill., have created a moving Christian-film centered around Lukewarmness and Christian living in today’s society. SELHO will premiere at Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.
SELHO (pronounced SELL-ho) is a Coptic word, meaning lukewarm. The film is about a teenage boy who struggles in his relationship with Christ. He strays from Christ until a tragedy happens and he is forced to reevaluate his connection with God and the people around him.
Beep. Beep. Beep. The microwave goes off. A decision needs to be made. Are the results lukewarm? Do you need to add more heat?
This is a story following a “lukewarm Christian” teenager (Revelation 3:15-17) and his relationship with his Creator. Luke struggles to uphold the Christian morals in today’s society and because of this, his relationship with Christ falters.
Luke wrestles with having a life of purpose because he does not serve God and others genuinely. His brother, Mark, tries to plant the seeds of Christ’s love in Luke’s heart but does not see immediate results. Luke continues to struggle with gauging his spiritual temperature and avoiding becoming lukewarm. His lukewarmness manifests as performing deeds without enthusiasm, or altogether losing sight of his need for God. He is satisfied without God, and it is evident in his behavior. Luke is a teenager caught up in societal trends, culture, and status. He fills his holes with a dark sinful path of food and drink and fulfills his own lusts and desires with partying. His heart is more motivated by status and the pride of building his own name than by coming under the leadership of the Father. Luke follows in rebellion and immaturity and does not consider the consequences of actions. Due to his inexperience, Luke thinks he can stand apart from God and be full. Finally, as Luke goes further away from God, he is struck with tragedy.
Throughout the story you see Luke struggling with spending time in worship, not making time for connection, and feeling so distant that he feels like he has to “work” before he can approach God. He feels he has to get back to a specific place mentally or spiritually before he can even engage with God again. Luke realizes with anything truly important in life, it is when he “makes time” for God that he develops character and has clarity. Luke eventually is forced to examine himself honestly for a true connection with God and with the people around him.
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