If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
Never a greater hero of film fame than the man we call Atticus Finch. Played by a man who truly fit the role of a gentle but strong man who seeked righteousness over conventional wisdom of the time, even if others threatened his life.
Many people have watched this film & read this book (or cheated with ClifNotes) & analyzed this to pieces. This is not my goal, but to apply it to Christianity. I’m not claiming to be unique but humble in use.
Since most people have seen/read this story I don’t feel as if I’m spoiling anything with in depth discussion.
A man accused of something he couldn’t have done, physically impossible, is persecuted because of the color of his skin – & the color of the woman’s.
Now, gentlemen, in this country, our courts are the great levelers. In our courts, all men are created equal. I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and of our jury system – that’s no ideal to me. That is a living, working reality! Now I am confident that you gentlemen will review, without passion, the evidence that you have heard, come to a decision and restore this man to his family. In the name of GOD, do your duty. In the name of God, believe…
Yet, his life could have been easy, if you look at his gun shy behavior, it’s not because he’s bad at it, or because he doesn’t lower himself to shooting a gun , because he does shoot, and is considered the best, but because he views the reckless use as a sign of violence, of lack of honor.
I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted – if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Well, I reckon because mockingbirds don’t do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat people’s gardens, don’t nest in the corncrib, they don’t do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.
He’s a man of integrity, of love for his children, of justice. He’s a good man who strives for peace, equality, and security, just like your father and brother.
If you shouldn’t be defending him, then why are you doing it?
For a number of reasons. The main one is that if I didn’t, I couldn’t hold my head up in town. I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do somethin’ again.
So how should a Christian act towards his fellows? 2 Corinthians 8:21 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
He was a source of humility and honorable intentions. Just as we should when facing trials and less than enjoyable situations. Philippians 2:3-5 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
Such a beautiful story of redemption, as Scout remembers, her father says don’t judge a man without walking in his shoes, so when she does, she sees people with a lens of pity and simplicity.
Philippians 1:9-10 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ
May we be able to pay our Christ back with honor, faith, and servitude towards others. To Kill a Mockingbird was an excellent film on life in darkened town, but it’s also a great film on relationships with others and being righteous in the eyes of God.