I am a Christian . . . an evangelical even. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, I’m sure you know that.
Depending on who you follow on Twitter and who your Facebook friends are, you may have seen a number of comments about the biblical inaccuracies of movies such as Noah, Son of God, and God’s Not Dead.
Before I share my thoughts on the matter, I want to tell you a story from 30 or so years ago. I was teaching a Sunday School class and asking the students questions about Moses. I guarantee most of the answers came from Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. I found myself correcting a lot of misconceptions.
Sure, more money is now poured into these films. The special effects can be spectacular and the acting outstanding. Plus, fans and naysayers have more of a platform thanks to social media. However, things really haven’t changed all that much.
We don’t learn about forensic science from CSI. We don’t learn about medicine from Grey’s Anatomy. We don’t learn about solving crimes and writing novels from Castle. And we certainly can’t expect to learn what the Bible teaches from a Hollywood production.
Does that mean I don’t watch any of these shows and won’t attend any of these movies? It does not.
Why do I think the production of Bible-based movies is a good thing?
While Christians and what we believe is often maligned in the media and by society, the book we base our beliefs on is still being used as a springboard for big screen productions.
It gets people talking. And that’s not a bad thing, as long as we respect one another.
I’m all about relationships, so I will not bash those who think differently than I do and I appreciate it when they show me – and others like me – the same courtesy.
Would I invite a non-Christian to a Bible-based movie for the same reason I would invite him or her to church? Of course not.
If they had questions about the movie, I would share what I liked and what I viewed as inaccurate. But the point is we would be talking about it. And that’s a very good thing.
Do Hollywood producers, writers, and directors have a personal agendas? Maybe. But bottom line, Hollywood produces movies to draw huge crowds and make big bucks. That’s what they do. That’s what they’ve always done.
I enjoy TV show and movies, but I don’t base my theology on them. I don’t expect many people do.
In all likelihood, I will watch these movies when they come to DVD or are carried on Netflix.
What is your favourite movie, Bible-based or otherwise?