Do the Right Thing is Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed debut film, released in 1989. The film’s plot setting is based in Brooklyn, New York. It highlights racial tensions between a community of African-Americans and a local Italian-American family that owns a long-standing pizzeria business in the same neighborhood. In the movie, the heavy racial tensions between the African-American and Italian-American residents rise so high that it causes a massive brawl and a subsequent unjust murder of a young African-American at the hands of a police officer.
The aftermath of the incident sparked many emotions in all parties involved. We see everyone’s reactions to this event. The aftermath of that climatic scene indirectly forces the audience to ask themselves what is the right thing to do?
Situations like those uncovered in the movie are left to interpretation concerning what is right and wrong. However, as believers, we are given God’s Word, which explicitly commands us to do what is right in God’s eyes. We do not live by the world’s standards; we live by God’s Word. In today’s session, we will explore the life of Daniel and learn how he chose to do the right thing even in the face of opposition and chastisement.