A little note to a few Christians.Posted: April 3, 2014
I’m taking a course right now from Jeff Goins (Tribe Writers) and I am SO loving it!! If you’re interested in writing, you must check it out! As a part of an assignment we were to go on a rant and then share it on a forum. Very tricky since I didn’t know about sharing it before I wrote the rant. None the less, I thought I’d share it with you. This post isn’t for everyone (as you can see from the title). So if it doesn’t apply to you, that’s cool, and if you have any questions about this (not so little) rant, let me know.
You know what I can’t stand? Christians that have their panties in a wad. I’m talking about a serious bunch, not a little bundle. A wad that makes not only them uncomfortable, but everyone else around them.
I grew up as a pastor’s kid, saturated in the church. I love how God uses the church to accomplish some amazing tasks. I think it’s beautiful when we band together and fight for what is right, defend scripture, and love people like we are commanded. I also think that God healing and restoring a bunch of broken people is an attribute that comes from the purest of love.
However, I am always saddened to see how destructive the church can be at the same time. We can tear down one another like professionals. We can poison the very mission that God has given us and harm the very people we are called to help. I think that sometimes, the church gets their panties in such an unfortunate bunch that the world sees us as people with a sour face, perpetual bad attitudes and joy killers.
On that note, lets consider the whole Noah movie debate. You know, Noah, the one with the long white beard and all of the animals?
Some Christians have lost sight of the big picture and gotten hung up on small details. Yes, a few things are not exact, all of his son’s wives were on the ark, for example. But have we forgotten that a Biblical story has gone out? A story that pulses attributes of God the Creator. A movie that God can use to draw people to Himself.
I learned that Noah had a long white beard when I was very little, thanks to the felt boards in Sunday school. Though what if Noah went bald in his early 20’s and couldn’t grow facial hair? That’d kill that interpretation. His long white beard is not biblical.
Even though the movie was getting a lot of negative feedback from the Christian community, my husband and I did some research and decided to see it anyway. Without spoiling anything, at one point in the movie (I’ll just say ‘rocks’), I cocked my head and started to roll my eyes. ‘Like that happened!’ I thought to myself. But I quickly caught myself. Who’s to say it didn’t happen!? Just because it’s not in scripture doesn’t mean it couldn’t have happened like that.
We are so quick to judge. I read in an interview that the producer tried to stick to scripture as best as he could and then filled in the rest of the gaps. The producer, mind you, who never professes to personally know Jesus.
An interpretation is the action of explaining the meaning of something (thank you Google). So, we take what we are given, not deviating from the Biblical truth of scripture, and we all fill in the gaps. I interpret scripture. Your paster interprets scripture. The producer of Noah also did some interpreting of his own… though loose as it may be…
The ironic part to me is that so many of the people who are throwing stones at the movie, will gladly buy a ticket for a movie that has stronger language, violence and adult content than Noah has – and that’s okay with them because … well… because it’s… it’s entertainment?
I’ll be honest, at times I can can be quick to judge too. I’m not without fault. Trust me, I’m not pretending to be anything more than I am – a person in need of the redemptive love of Jesus.
We’re all in need of Jesus… that’s the very issue! Our pastors, our neighbors, and the producer, the actors in the movie, and every single person that goes to see Noah… We all need Him.
So, instead of accusing the producer of not acting like a Christian (or whatever), lets approach this issue like Jesus would. Lets invite our friends to see Noah. (You know, your friends that don’t yet know Jesus…) Treat them to dinner, or coffee, and chat with them about the movie after you see it. Ask them what they thought. More than likely, they’ll ask what you think too. And if you hated the movie and thought it was sacrilegious, tell them. But then tell them why. Embrace the conversation, don’t run from it. Love them, like we’re to love each other. So maybe, just maybe, they can actually see – and even meet – the Creator in your conversation, through your response and through your kindness.
I was reminded of why God sent Jesus to earth watching Noah. God wants the world to know about Himself and He wants to redeem us in the midst of our pain, our depression, our struggles. He wants to make us whole. You’re redeemable. I’m redeemable… and that’s a bit more impressive than flooding the earth in my opinion.
Lets invite God to flood us, washing away anything that is not true and pure. Lets embrace the promise that He is with us and He will never leave us. And may we not fail to see that the God of the universe has chosen to expose a part of Himself through scripture. Let’s be quick to invite people into the conversation, into the struggle and into the questions that living life brings. Because like Noah, the last thing we should want is disobedience.
Yes, stand up for truth. Stand up for your convictions, fight for them. Be resolute. But remember who the true enemy is and remember what we are here to do.