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Rudy got there ... will you?

I love the movie Rudy.

Rudy: cinematic inspiration par excellence
Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

I love it because it's about dreams, and how we pursue them, and how they sometimes come true.

I love Sean Astin's absolutely spot-on performance. Patty Duke's son did himself very proud.

I also love the music! Movie soundtrack perfection.

My favorite scene is in the middle of this clip, when Rudy finds out he's been accepted to the University of Notre Dame after a lifetime of dreaming and being continually dumbed down, discouraged and denied.

Upon acceptance to Holy Cross, two more years of destitution and determination ensued as Rudy worked toward achievement of the goal that had gripped him since childhood.

And then with the slitting open of that final envelope on a beautiful late-summer day, Notre Dame's iconic golden dome gleaming across the water, all Rudy desired was his. The keys to the kingdom had been placed in his palm at last.

The Reason I'm Telling You All This

May I state unequivocally that I am an independent fundamental Baptist by conviction ... one of those born-again believers, saved by the blood of the Lamb, saved forever.

It's not my good works (or baptism, which was for me and still is by definition immersion in water in obedience to Christ's command, and which came after my salvation and functioned only to identify me publicly with His substitutionary death, symbolic burial, and supernatural resurrection), that will be getting me to Heaven.

Heaven will be my home within moments of my death because I've trusted in the finished work of Christ my Savior on the cross of Calvary for forgiveness of sin.

Not Just Another Catholic-Bashing Baptist

Anyway, I didn't want anyone to think that by talking up the movie Rudy I'm glorifying the Catholic church or the Catholic way of thinking, which is most definitely a good works situation ... praying to Mary and paying money to get people out of purgatory.

(Mary was a lost sinner who had to be saved just like everyone else: by trusting in Christ. A little weird for her, no doubt, since she gave birth to Him. But there you have it. God's ways are not our ways.)

(And there is no such place as purgatory.)

Rudy Was Going Somewhere And So Are You

If, like Rudy dreamt of someday going to Notre Dame, where you dream of ending up someday is Heaven, I pray you'll trust Christ.

The work is done; Jesus paid it all. If you haven't already, He patiently waits for you to come to Him and accept eternal life.

Jesus saith ... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me. (John 14:6)


The scripture quoted in this article is from the King James Bible.

The Baptist Examiner is a court reporter and freelance writer who blogs daily at I'm Having A Thought Here.


  • Audrey 4 years ago

    Great analogy! I get tears in my eyes every time I watch that scene. Spot on!

  • Winona Cooking Examiner 4 years ago

    Good movie review, thanks for sharing.

  • Joshua Rivers, Detroit Baptist Examiner 4 years ago

    Amen. Great post!

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