Have you ever seen Radio? It’s a 2003 Sony Pictures movie based loosely on a true story of coach Harold Jones and Radio (James Robert Kennedy) – a mentally challenged man.  Whereas, the director took our some artistic licenses on some of the scenes, many of the events remained true (or at least the core principles behind the events).

[at the final confrontation in the barbershop] “… but the truth is,we’re not the one been teachin’ Radio, Radio’s the one been teachin’ us – cause the way he treats us all the time is the way we wish we treated each other even part of the time.”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0316465/quotes?item=qt2778575

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Radio. Dir. Mike Tollin. Prod. Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins. Screenplay by Mike
Ritch. Perf. Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, Alfre Woodard. Radio.
Sony Pictures, 2003. Web. 10 June 2017.

What I like most about Radio is the fact that coach Jones courageously challenges cultural norms to invite a young man to be more than he thought he could be.  He sees the value, the worth, the individualism that Radio has.

I like the fact that coach Jones gives credit to Radio for teaching him; his fellow coaches; and other classmates.   The fact that when we least expect to learn something, where we think we can do all the teaching; is actually where we should be listening.  If we are vulnerable to our surroundings, then we can learn something.

Coach Jones, in Radio lives out Christ’s Mission of love.  He offers love to a young man in need.  He becomes vulnerable to where the spirit is leading him (although the spirituality is played down a little in the movie) and offers Radio (the boy) an opportunity to be a human. More than that, he finds value and shares the worth of Radio.

To this day, Radio is  an inspiration to an entire Community; a boy that when they met barely spoke a word, now rallies an entire community.  Radio is a story love, its a story of value, it’s a story that shares the worth of all persons. Radio is a story of community, a story of love, a story of value of all persons.

We all are not in Coach Jone’s position; but, we all encounter others on a daily basis that need to know they are loved; that they are worthy; and that they belong.  What are we doing?  Are we vulnerable to the spirit? Are we taking the opportunity to learn from individuals around us?

Often times, I think it’s easy to be closed off from the hurt around us; but becoming vulnerable to our surroundings is extremely difficult.  Becoming vulnerable to our surroundings means that we become vulnerable to pain, to hurt, and to suffering.  Becoming vulnerable means that we open ourselves to ridicule, to people questioning us, and to challenges that we haven’t seen yet.

However, being vulnerable to the Spirit means that we are putting God in control.  It’s saying that Love will overcome any obstacle.  Being vulnerable to the spirit means that it doesn’t matter that I may become hurt because I am standing up for what is true and what is right.  Being vulnerable to the spirit means I’m letting God be in control of my life, be the great director, and lead me to new adventures that are yet to come.

Are you ready?  Will you go where God is calling you? Are you fully awake and ready to respond? Are you willing to be vulnerable to where the spirit is leading you?

Radio. Dir. Mike Tollin. Prod. Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins. Screenplay by Mike
Ritch. Perf. Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, Alfre Woodard. Radio.
Sony Pictures, 2003. Web. 10 June 2017.
<http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/radio/index.html>.

 

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Mikal Farley
Priest Community of Christ • Indianapolis• Webmaster

Mikal Farley serves as the Public Information chair for the Indianapolis Congregation. He also serves as a Public Information Advisor to the Kentucky-Indiana USA Mission Center.

Mikal has worked for Herschend Family Entertainment Corp.; Ashley Nostalgia; and most recently he continues to work for a global consumer electronics company as a technician and trainer.

Mikal serves the Community of Christ in the capacity of a Priest.  Priests represent Christ primarily as ministers of presence who model Jesus as Friend in households, families, congregations, and community.