A lot of publicity has been created around a once anticipated, but now maligned by Christians, movie called, Noah. I recall when the previews were first out on the screen, and people thought, "Great! This is the year of Christian movies!!" As the premier of the move date drew closer, director Darren Aronofsky, an avowed atheist, stated the movie Noah is the least Christian move ever. Okay... so should that really surprise anyone in the Christian community? Hollywood puts out a less than factual Christian movie? There has been a lot written about God's name not being mentioned in the movie. Remember, we are talking about a people who wouldn't even write out the full name of God, Yahweh, because it was too holy.
The argument for others is they don't want to line Hollywood's pocket with their money. Well... let's not jump there too fast as if we were to seclude and separate ourselves from all organizations and companies who are not Christian, then our list of boycott business might get a bit lengthy.
So... am I going to see it? Probably. And the reason I will probably see it is because it is generating a lot of publicity and interest in non-Christians who want to see what all the hubbub is about. And as much as I love talking to my Christian brothers and sisters, I really really really like talking to those outside the faith about how God's Word is true in my life. So instead of boycotting the movie - maybe we the Church should be a bit more savvy about ways to present the truth and engage people with the real story. Jesus told his disciples, "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16. Can't recall where he told the disciples or the Church, "Run and hide from opportunities to present the Gospel to a broken and dying world."
Oh... just in case you need reminding, the story of Noah in the Bible isn't meant to be a chronological, blow by blow account of how Noah built an ark and saved creation. Remember, it's not about us? The story of Noah in the Bible is meant to tell us about how our sin grieves God and to what lengths He goes to reconcile and redeem us. It is about Him. Invite an unchurched neighbor or friend to go see the movie, then engage them in conversation which may start with, "WOW! That was nothing like the story of Noah I grew up hearing as a child. What do you think about it?" That's the way I see it. If you read this, and want to know more, send me an email - I'll meet you in the lobby of the theater and we will watch it together. You're buying popcorn right?