2016 Film 'Sully' Doesn't Glorify God

by David J. Stewart | January 2017

Daniel 5:23, “the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.”

       Americans have much to be thankful for to God, yet we are a thankless bunch. In a recent popular 2016 film starring Tom Hanks (based on a true incident in 2009 over New York City) titled “Sully,” a commercial jetliner hits a flock of birds, and both engines are completely destroyed during takeoff. The pilots have only 35 seconds to make a critical decision of what to do. They can't make it to the airports. The jet's captain made the unprecedented bold decision to crash land the 150,000 pound commercial jet liner (loaded with 155 scared passengers) onto the icy Hudson River down below in New York. The Captain (Sully) did it! It was a man's man act of heroism! With no landing-gear, he safely landed the plane on the river. No one died! It was amazing!

Yet, sadly, at no time does the film, the captain, the co-pilot, their families, the media, nor any of the passengers, nor anyone involved, give any glory or thanks to God for sparing their lives. The film totally dishonors God by leaving Him out, failing to praise the Lord for His goodness. Without God's omnipotent hand that spared everyone's lives that fateful day in January of 2009, none of those 155 people aboard the jetliner would have lived to see another day.

Shame on the filmmaker for leaving this out! Woe unto the wicked! Well, I for one thank God and praise His blessed name for sparing the lives of those 155 people! I'm sure some of those blessed survivors do thank God, but you'd never know it from the film about their experience.

I praise You Lord on their ungrateful behalf, for you are incredibly good, loving, longsuffering and “kind unto the unthankful and to the evil” (Luke 6:35b). God is good!!!

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