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Monday, March 03, 2014

Son of God & Noah: What to Make of Hollywood's Ventures into Christianity?

Begin Rant Now.

Two movies getting a lot of press in Christiandom lately: Noah and The Son of God. I wish the press was better. And I wish so much of the negativity wasn't coming from Christians. No offense meant to my Christian friends or family, but I have some thoughts on this:

1) I'm going to see both movies. I don't really care about all the negative press. I want to decide for myself.

2) I'll tell you what though: the previews of Noah gave me chills based on the visual representation of the power of God at work. That alone is worth my money.

I've seen the previews of Son of God. Again, chills. Just seeing the Lord walking on water makes me want to cheer and worship.

3) I tend to think movies in general and these in specific fall into the category of "Permissible based on level of Faith." If you feel a weakness to the content, DON'T see it. If something about it will skew your belief system, fine, stay home. But why jump out there acting like there's no way anything redeeming could come out of these movies? There are a couple of articles circulating that basically condemn both movies for being the worst thing next to the antiChrist. I mean, come on peeps. These so called experts spouting off about heresies unnumbered, well, they are imperfect people too. Imperfect with their own baggage, biases, and slants.  

4) This reminds me of the "Christian" reaction to so called "secular" music: if it doesn't honor God overtly and according to the latest checklist, hold up a cross, spew negativity, and stick head in sand. For me: I know some of that music is not meant to honor God, per se. But certain songs make me praise Him for the melody, or the lyrics, or both. Don't agree? Fine. Let's agree to disagree and try -JUST TRY- for once to do the whole unity of the Body that Jesus was so keen on.

I think we Christians need to chill on getting all wadded up over movies and media, unless they depict Noah as a Transformer who worships the Devil while juggling kittens. Amen?

PS: If we want to show the movie-making powers that be that we want more Christian oriented movie fare, we might want to be a little less picky. 

End Rant. 

Epilogue #1: Just got back from Son of God, the movie. Seriously glad I didn't listen to the naysayers. Last thing in the world I want to do is start a debate within the family of God, but from my heart-of-hearts, I can't see anything in the movie that was so wrong, so heretical that any Christian would discourage others from seeing this movie. And I would think that any skeptic or unbeliever watching the movie would be confronted by the truth of Jesus in a powerful way. 

For me, the movie absolutely showed Jesus' humanity, the gladness in His heart, the mercy, the compassion. SPOILER ALERT: not much of a spoiler, really because it was a relatively small scene. But I just LOST IT when Jesus knelt down to the woman caught in adultery. The first thing He does is lift. her. chin. Something about that just cracked my heart right open. Jesus is the lifter of our chin. I thought the movie was stunningly beautiful and meaningful. It reminded me of how critically important the creative arts are to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Gabe (DrummerGuy) said...

Good stuff, man.
I'm really excited for Noah, it looks pretty awesome.

Hannah said...

Very good point. I'm really curious to see how they'll do Noah. I too was impressed with how they portrayed the power of God.

Aarathyn Arvell said...

I agree with the music thing. I'm not opposed to listening to secular music as long as it's not bad lyrics or anything.

Gabe (DrummerGuy) said...

Focus on the Family gave Son of God a killer review... Now I really want to see it!

K-Lee said...

You have a good point. I don't like it when people are so critical or over analyze movies. But when it comes to Bible based movies I wish that the Christians making them would be more Biblically correct.

Anonymous said...

I too was taken by the Noah movie. Until I read a review by Ken Ham. I have to say I won't be seeing it because of how they take his story out of context.

Christopher J. Abbott said...

Great post, sir! I also find this a very annoying trend in "Christian" media culture today. I did not see "Son of God", perhaps because I felt that the only movie that had ever done our Lord justice was "The Passion of the Christ." That movie kills me every time!

I am eager to hear what you think of Noah. Personally, it may end up being my favorite movie of the year, for simple scope, depth of plot, and adding to the biblical narrative in a way that honored both the original text and other ancient Jewish legends (The Watchers, anyone?). Most of the complaints listed about the film are either blown way out of proportion, or simply NOT TRUE, making me wonder how many of these "reviewers" have actually seen the movie that they're reviewing. What's your take?

Anonymous said...

I would definitely like to see the "Son of God" movie. As long as my parents allow me to, I mean I know that nothing, no music or movies or media of any kind can be completely perfect. But we should definitely guard our hearts and examine the content that we allow into our hearts and minds. I tend to stick to music and ( if possible) movies that line up with what is true. By the way, Sir Batson, a Door Within movie would be awesome! And it would definitely be cool if somebody made something like Adventures in Odyssey's Imagination Station. I mean getting to see what Jesus and also his apostles did in history. Like 'His'story?
Philus Theo of Oklahoma. Never Alone!