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Distributors: Sony Pictures
Starring: Chris O’Donnell, Robin Tunney, Scott Glenn, Bill Paxton, Stuart Wilson
Directed by: Martin Campbell, Simon Crane, Roger J. Vernon
Produced by: Marcia Nasatir, Lloyd Phillips, Robert King.
Released : December 8 2000
WOULD YOU CUT THE ROPE?
Cutting the rope, the father’s life is being sacrificed for the survival of his son and daughter. Not cutting the rope, everybody’s life is at stake.
The son definitely was in very difficult position. He had to decide fast enough whether to cut the rope or not. Cutting the rope, he definely sent his father to his death. Not cutting the rope, all will die together because the rope anchor point was loosening up. But the constant beckoning by his father that he should not let his sister die, he finally cut the rope. The love for the sister is great too.
If the father has the knife, he would had cut the rope without hesitation; such is the love of the father for his children. Food for thought. If you are the person below, pulling others down and you have the knife and yet totally unrelated to the people hanging above you, would you sacrifice your life by cutting the rope so that others can live? Or would you hold on to the rope and has this selfish thought “Since I had fallen, I will hold on to the rope and all should die together?”
Let us examine the sequence of event leading to this tragedy. Someone had lost the grip of the bag and dropped due to careless mistake. It is not heavy, just contained some tools, inside the bag, worth some money. But this weight due to velocity of fall accumulated such great forces that pulled 2 men off the anchors. What happened next is the daughter, son and father was hanging by the rope with their safety jeopardized by the two men below them. The father had to release the 2 men because they were selfishly struggling, kicking and violently shaking the rope. It was a very important decision the father had to make, that is to let them go and fell to their death. THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS THIS.
In Christian life, sometimes an individual (represented by the person who dropped the bag) may had done or committed something wrong that they may think is insignificant. They didn’t realized that this “Small error” would accumulate to such a great force of problem that, like the dropped bag, accumulates velocity such that the force is so great that it pulled the men off their anchor. The person on top maybe asked to lead by the leader (represented by the father of the daughter and the son). That careless mistake by people on top leads everyone to fall and all hung perilously by the rope. The father had to disconnect the fallen men below because they would not listen to instructions but kept making lots of noise and worsening the situation. The moral of the story, he or she who is the leader, may selfishly continuing holding on to the rope even though knowing that they had make the mistake and endangering others’ lives. It was a mistake to engage careless people on top. Would the fallen he or she cut the rope? Is cutting the rope is the only solution to save others?
Or if cutting the Rope, God, our Lord Jesus would engage the Angels to prepared soft ground so that you didn’t die but suffered some bruise from hitting soft ground. Today, none of us have to cut the rope because Jesus Christ is above us, with his Angels, holding onto the rope and helping us climbing up the mountain inch by inch till we reach the top with him. We will not fall. Hellelujah, Praise the Lord!