There’s lots of “hubbub” in the culture on the Noah movie. Here’s my contribution to the noise.
I think evangelical Christians that get all flustered on the Noah movie, just need climb off the wall, take a deep long breath, take their blood pressure medication, spend some time in a nice relaxing sauna, and go home and pet their dogs. There are far more important things in this life to give our attention to than a product of Hollywood.
Is Michelangelo’s David sculpture biblically accurate? It’s not. The statue is not circumcised. Is Charlton Heston (blond and blue eyed) as Moses biblically accurate? or the Sistine Chapel? or a blond Jesus in a white robe with a blue sash (stock fare of every Sunday school program and flannel board) biblically accurate? Sheesh, we can be such reactionary fools sometimes.
Shoot, it’s just art. It’s just Hollywood. It’s not a seminary class. In a free society and culture people are free to produce anything they want without getting a seal of approval from the Christian right! The Christian right is free to criticize it and not support it if they are so inclined, and move on to more important things. We are not living in a theocracy, never have, and I hope never will, as I do not personally want the right wing thought police controlling art and the media.
So, Mr. Evangelical, you don’t like something in the culture? Put out a better, more empowered, more attractional,”product” yourself.
You are the one who professes to be filled and transformed by the Spirit of the resurrected, living, God-man. It is you who professes to be a member of the pillar and ground of all truth. Where is “the beef?” Where is the power you profess to have? Why are you so impotent that the only thing you can do is rage against what you don’t agree with? Provide a quality alternative instead of lifeless and tired cliches and stultifying, moribund, religiosity.
The early church attracted hundreds, if not thousands of pagans to join it and transformed a totalitarian culture without the advantage of the ballot box and without leveraging secular political power through legislation to their advantage. What is your excuse, other than finger pointing and blaming the pagan culture for being, pagan? What do you expect them to be? What were YOU before Christ transformed you?
There are so many more profound and worthwhile things to focus on and engage in rather than go hyper on these sorts of things. To me it is hypocritical, compensatory conscience, and “selective outrage,” to go all agog over what the culture is doing, when our own house is full of nonsense, corruption, and darkness. Shoot, like many of the activities that go on during a Sunday morning are “biblically accurate?” Of course they’re not. They are just traditions of men.
I understand how it is helpful to engage the culture by talking about these things, but argumentation and apologetics wins very, very few people to the kingdom. Almost none. That is a statistical fact.
I would rather watch a “biblically inaccurate” movie that touches me and makes me think about spiritual realities of His kingdom and never mentions the Bible or Jesus, than watch a poorly produced, woodenly acted, poorly written, artistically inept, cheesy, piece of “biblically accurate” Christian junk.
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