Do you have “Real Steel?”

Posted: 2011 10 07 by Paul S in Biblical manhood, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity, Movie, Relationship, Review

“I want you to fight for me.”

Anyone in their late 20’s to mid 50’s undoubtedly remembers playing with a game called “Robot Jocks” with their friends. Tonight, I went to see Real Steel with my wife. I expected to see “Robot Jocks” lived out in live action. This is not what I saw. What I saw may be one of the best movies I have seen in the last few years. Fitting expectations, I saw robots beating each other apart in the ring, but the story is what made it worth more than two hours of screen time. Hugh Jackman plays along with Dakota Goyo as a retired boxer who takes his recently orphaned son for the summer before he going to live with his aunt. This is a story of a father and son learning what it means to be a father and son. This is the story of a father learning to fight for his son.

Watching this movie, I was reminded of a good friend of mine and a battle he has entered into today. Three and a half years ago, he and his family started fostering to adopt an 18 month old boy. The adoption process has been very long with regular delays, but no indication that anyone else was seeking custody. Today, a blood relative came forward seeking to adopt the boy. My friend is fighting to keep his son. On Tuesday, he will go in front of a judge to argue his case. (Let’s get some prayers going up to help him on that!)

I’m also reminded of another relationship that we as men have where someone is asking us to fight for him. Our Father, God, is asking us to fight for him. It’s not a fight that he needs us in to win, it’s a fight he wants us in to further His love. Matthew 4:19 shows us Jesus talking to Simon Peter and Andrew, He calls them saying, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus is not calling Peter and Andrew to draw blades or fight with their fists, but to fight for Him through thier lives. In Real Steel, Max (the son) is calling for his father to fight not in the ring with robots, but in real life for a real relationship with his son. Like Max, God is calling us to fight for Him. He is calling us to fight to bring more men and more people into real relationship with Him.

Until the Whole World Knows,


  1. Kevin says:

    Nice quick point. I would have to say this is probably a movie review I admire. I am not big on movie reviewers or critics because how they describe movies. The way you speak about the movie makes me want to see it for the moral pronciple that is lacking so much in this world today.

    • Paul S says:

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. I haven’t reviewed a movie since high school newspaper, and I didn’t want it to be that kind of review anyways, so I’m glad you like how I approached this one.

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