Darren Aronofsky’s Noah seems to be the next big event that has Evangelical Christians parting quicker than the Red Sea. Christian blog FINALLY have something to write about. Should we go? Should we boycott it? Should we storm the gates of Hollywood Bibles in hand, ready to protest in the streets? Before we start sharpening our pitchforks, here are a few quick things to consider.
1. Hollywood is not a Christian entity. Hollywood is not Christian, nor do they claim to be. What did we expect? The Bible tells us that spiritual things are foolishness to those of the flesh (1 Corinthians 2:14). Hollywood didn’t promise us an exegetically correct film that stands for Christian values. So let’s not act surprised here. If we get upset at the LGBT organization for acted “shocked” that evangelical Christian organizations support the biblical view marriage, then we can’t respond the same way when a non-Christian organization isn’t as biblical as we want.
2. The Story of Noah isn’t as “picture perfect” as we’ve made it. Go to any church nursery in the South and what do you see? A depiction of the story of Noah, complete with smiling animals and Noah smiling from ear to ear. Like so many stories in Genesis, we’ve made them into cutesy stories, but the reality is these were real life events involving real life people. God the Just was judging the sinful mass of humanity for the crimes they had committed. Noah and his family were graciously saved from this judgment. As the rains poured down, the reality of God’s judgment probably hit Noah and his family with a force. Their neighbors stood outside the arch condemned because of their wickedness. This isn’t a story that is exclusively the children’s bedtime story we’ve made it.
3. Let’s make lemonade. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? This is the situation we find ourselves in. Lost people are flocking to this movie based on a Biblical event that is a perfect depiction of the severity of sin, the righteousness of a Sovereign God, and the grace and mercy of that same God upon those he loves. What makes more sense, condemning the movie or using this a springboard to present the gospel? There is a judgment coming, Christ is our perfect Ark in which we can escape the righteous wrath of God upon our wickedness. There is no other shelter. No other covering. Let’s proclaim this with a voice that drowns out the sound of other’s complaints.
4. All things are permissible, but not all are beneficial. This movie will not condemn you to hell, but we do have to approach any movie with discernment. Even “Christian” movies should be approached with discernment. For example, the movie, “Heaven is For Real” is coming out soon. To take our views about heaven from a film based upon a four year olds experience instead of looking to the Bible is just as bad as accepting the movie of Noah as the way it really happened. Let’s check what we’re affirming by comparing it to the Bible. Whether or not you go see Noah or not is your prerogative and in between you and God. However the bigger issue is whether or not we decided to be people that exhibit grace toward a lost generation or whether we just want to argue about it between ourselves some more.