|If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, … God will love you, bless you, and multiply you (Deut. 7:12-13).
The movie should have been filmed in black and white. I cannot recall a single colorful object in it. As is often our custom, Kay and I enjoyed an early lunch and then took in a movie on our day off. We chose Children of Men, as both of us had read the P.D. James novel on which it was based.
If the novel was dreary, the film was bleaker still. It is set in Britain in a tumultuous apocalyptic age. Trash has piled up a story or more on London’s streets, and hordes of immigrants are stuffed into circus cages to be deported. The darkest part, however, is that there are no children. Nineteen years earlier, all women across the world had become infertile. As I endured the film, I couldn’t help but wonder, did the infertility precede the loveless society or did the loveless society precede the mass infertility?
Moses weighs in with the latter view. He says if Israel will love God and keep his statutes, which means for the most part loving other human beings he sends their way, then “God will love, bless, and multiply them.” Moses adds: “God will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground” (Deut. 7:13).
We should not be particularly surprised by this promise. After all, God creates in love, and expects his creation to be extended in love. Any loveless corner of the earth would certainly be a godless corner. “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:16).
Well, I don’t want to spoil the movie for you, but toward the end a baby is born right in the middle of a filthy refugee camp that is afire with civil war. Once the revolutionaries and the government soldiers catch sight of the baby, all the fighting stops for a moment and not a sound is heard but the cry of the child.