Why Ferris Bueller Never Existed

Sarah Rouse Clark told me about an interesting article in The Atlantic magazine about the movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The author of the article reports on a theory making its way around the internet, did Ferris Bueller exist? The theory is Ferris was simply his friend, Cameron’s, alter ego. A way to cope with the stress of his father’s cruelty.

In the movie, what is the father’s cruelty? He loved his possessions more than his child. It’s an image that fits nicely into what churches typically use to talk about faithful giving. What is that one possession that captures our passion more than it should?

This morning I read the words, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I love the depth of this one statement. What if we took a different look at it? Consider this, what is the story your bank account tells about your life? This is the story that truly reflects your heart.

Too often we read this verse as a spiritual scolding, don’t be like Cameron’s dad. I think it better to see it as an invitation to a more profound life. When we give we are more engaged with the world. When we are more engaged with the world, we’re more likely to see it for all its beauty. Or, as a donor once told me at Camp Shalom, “If I knew giving money away was this much fun, I would have done it a long time ago.” I invite you to consider giving, not out of obligation, but to discover life. (Mt. 6:9-13)

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