CHARLESTON, WV—Gary Wright, lead pastor of vision at Passions Church, reportedly stayed up nearly all night on Saturday before finally finding the perfect biblical text to illustrate the 3-minute clip from the classic 1995 war epic Braveheart he was set to exposit Sunday morning.
“It got real hairy there around 2 a.m.,” Wright told reporters in a candid interview after the service. “I carefully exegeted Mel Gibson’s masterful speech before the film’s depiction of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, but I just couldn’t come up with an appropriate Bible passage to really drive the point home.”
But according to Wright, God came through for him in a kind of divine intervention as he faithfully reviewed the actor’s famous monologue, in which he inspires his troops to go forward into battle.
“It just hit me—Christ empowers His followers to go out into the world even though we might lose our lives. Matthew 16:24-25 was the obvious choice to illustrate more clearly the point that Mel Gibson was trying to make in his inspired scene.”
From there, Wright told reporters that everything fell into place, helping him to wrap up his meticulously crafted discourse on the epic drama focusing on the First War of Scottish Independence.
It is unconfirmed whether Pastor Wright has found an appropriate Scripture with which to illuminate the depths of his favorite clip from World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, which he is set to expound during next Sunday’s service.