One of the most popular admonitions currently expressed in both Christian and secular cultures is that Christians are more well-known for what we stand against than what we stand for. Therefore, many of us are hesitatnt to discuss topics that we feel (Gasp! Are Christians really allowed to have any opinions? Especially negative ones? And if they do, shouldn't they keep them to themselves??) may promote wrong or harmful behaviors/thinking.
That just does not fly with me. I embrace the admonition, "Stand for something or fall for everything." So you can look at this post as a rant against something or a rant for something else. It's all perspective.
So my daughter and I were talking about the movie, and she said, "If I hadn't heard all the bad stuff about it, I would have really liked to see it. It looks really good."
That's so sad to me. [Tangent: And just this week, I also heard about the only famous female that I've ever heard my 15 year-old daughter say that she admires, posed nude once again for a magazine cover: Keira Knightley. But that's another post. I just feel bad for kids trying to figure out why the Bible, parents and church tell them one thing but the world tells them another.]
Anyway, I expressed my feelings to her about the movie like this: I haven't seen the movie, which is the first line of defense every producer/writer/director/actor makes when you criticize their work. But the author of the series has been quoted ad nauseum that he is indeed intending to convince everyone that God is ... bad ... or not real ... or has not been his fairy godmother and so we should all join in his tantrum.
Every day, there are people all over the world dying, actually dying, because they are so committed to spreading the cause of Christ. Sometimes just acknowledging Jesus will get you martyred, no proselytizing necessary.
I feel that if I went a movie that promotes putting God down, and by that I mean "putting down" the way a veterinarian puts down a dog, I would feel as though I'm funding anti-Christian missionaries.
Americans, after sitting on our lazy behinds on sofas and movie seats and sports seats, wake up on Sunday morning and maybe just don't feel like going to church or reading the Bible or investing in people or good causes. I have been guilty of this.
So not only am I not in the trenches, but I take it all for granted, and if I supported this movie financially, I would be throwing money that I could've spent in a thousand better ways at entertainment that promotes eradicating religion, especially Christianity. The movie is like a pitiful, pathetic slap in the face of an eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God, and a big slap in the face to those who sacrifice everyday to promote the opposite of this movie's intentions.
And that's why I wouldn't see the movie. My daughter's response? "I never thought of it that way."
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 The Message: The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.