‘Baby Driver’ and Our Problem With Sin
By Fin Sheridan
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” – Ravi Zacharias
Doc: You’ve been my driver for every job since we met. You’re the best in the business. I’m going to need you behind the wheel again.
Baby: One more job and I’m done.
Doc: One more job and we’re straight.
– Baby Driver (2017)
Baby Driver is a hotly acclaimed action film released last month. With an all-star cast including Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx and some spectacular filmmaking, the “heist musical” has wowed critics and delighted fans. It’s a fast paced joyride and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Central to the plot is the decision making of ‘Baby’ (Elgort). He unknowingly crossed Spacey’s ‘Doc’ and is in his debt, forced to be the driver for his various bank robberies across Atlanta. Every job he does for Doc, he pays off a little more of his debt. I won’t spoil the plot by saying this but, since Baby is the best driver around, Doc is reluctant to let him leave his service.
“Like my appetite for chicken nuggets, sin always wants more.”
The other quote is from writer and thinker, Ravi Zacharias and isn’t it true? If you’ve ever struggled with sin (and it’s fair to assume you have), then you know what he’s saying. Sin, by its nature, is deceptive. It doesn’t serve the bill up front – it is only after we’ve fallen into its trap that we fully discover the full consequences. Like my appetite for chicken nuggets, it always wants more.
Doc promises Baby that it’s just “one more job”. Sin does exactly the same. It’s just one more drink. It’s just one more click. It’s just one more time. Except it never is, is it? Sin keeps us longer than we want to stay.
As long as we believe the lies of sin, we’ll be subject to the power of sin. Jesus tells us that it is the truth that will set us free – the truth about him, the truth about us and the truth about sin. Living life as a Christian is about freedom – freedom from lies and freedom that comes through truth. When we embrace and apply this truth, then we can put our foot on the gas and drive freely away.