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A United Kingdom’s Oyelowo: “Sacrificial love.”

Here’s a perfect post for Valentine’s Day.

Over at Movie Mezzanine, Kristen O’Neal talks with David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s film Selma, about the interracial love story in A United Kingdom. It caught my attention because I have plans to see the film next week.

The subject of faith comes up in their conversaton and, well, here’s today’s sermon on love:

“You know, I think we’re very used to seeing lust on film being basically made to look like love, and I would argue the two things are quite different. In coming across this story, this felt like evidence of love, and not just love in a kind of Hollywood way. Sacrificial love, that kind of love whereby you are going to put yourself on the line, you are going to give to another person without the thought of getting back. And for me personally as a Christian, the greatest evidence of that in my life has been Jesus Christ, in terms of what he did on the cross for me, and I believe for the world. So I’m sure one of the reasons that really I was so inspired by these two is because again, what they did for each other, for Seretse’s country, was an act of sacrificial love.”

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email