I don’t like how we jump to conclusions without even knowing what the issue is.
People demonize Rob Bell even before his book Love Wins came out — that’s right, before reading it.
Months before Aronofsky’s Noah came out, some Christians were already “boycotting” it and asking other Christians to not see it. That it wasn’t a faithful interpretation of the biblical story. (This was all before anyone screened the movie.)
The truth is, many of us Christians haven’t really thought beyond what we were told during Sunday school as children when it comes to Noah. And when they read/hear Midrash from Rabbis about “Christian” stories (because we forget, this is first and foremost, a Jewish story, not a Christian one), we get upset saying, “That’s not in the Bible so it’s not true.”
Hollywood’s # 1 goal is to make money. Not to tell stories. If they were really about stories, then we’d have more movies like Once; Memento; Lars and the Real Girl… and less movies like John Carter; Battleship; Transformers 2; the Saw Franchise… And I’d guess we’d have less sequels. The only reason why Lego movie is making a sequel was because everything was awesome about the first one, and everyone is seeing green.
And that’s okay. That’s Hollywood.
It’s awful for a church to be all about money. The church is upside down if their focus is the dollar sign. No, the church’s focus is about stories. We share the greatest story ever told with our community. And we share the stories of our lives together, as a community.
If you’re uncomfortable with the Hollywood version of a Biblical story, that’s fine. But what’s the purpose of boycotting? Or telling Christians to not support the liberal Hollywood agenda? (What does that even mean?)
That will only scare away the bigwigs who can make a $100 million budget movie based on the Bible.
Besides, we all know the book is better than the movie. Always.
Maybe someone who finds the church detestable would go see Noah because they like Aronofsky (who’s also made fantastic — albeit “non-Christian”– movies: Pi; Black Swan; Requiem For a Dream… yea, maybe don’t go watch those movies…) and end up wondering about the story and open up a Bible, and reading it. Maybe it piques their curiosity, and they want to know more about this God who ends up making a covenant with people.
Wouldn’t that be a great result? And trust me. Non-Christians aren’t going to watch Christian movies like Fireproof and Left Behind. I consider myself a decent Christian — or at least I am trying to be a good Christian. I consider myself a “believer.” But for the most part, I can’t watch a Christian movie for Christians by Christians because… they’re just corny (to my taste).
Are we so insecure about our faith that Hollywood can control what we believe in? That Hollywood has that much sway over us?
I mean, I remember when Da Vinci Code came out and how we were all trying to boycott it. And I remember thinking, “Is our God so small that a stupid (yet entertaining) book can undo our faith?”
Or, I remember how my Sunday School thought I was going to turn into a Wiccan because I raved about the Harry Potter books. Really? Look — I know I look dumb, act dumb and… well am dumb… but I isn’t that dumb.
It’s entertainment. Hollywood exists to entertain, first and foremost.
Believe me. God is bigger than Darren Aronofsky.
The story of Noah can be interpreted into many, many different ways. I don’t believe what I was told in Sunday school anymore. I believe in the Noah story. But it has evolved, where I believe the purpose of the story is to tell the relationship between God and humanity, and though humanity broke God’s heart, God still made a covenant with them–with us. I focus less on the details.
Sure — I get it. It’s doesn’t line up to the way we’ve been taught in Sunday School when we were kids.
But, again, what damage can that really do?
Are we going to freak out over Ridley Scott’s version of Exodus? (I mean, I love Christian Bale, but he ain’t no Charlton Heston).
And while we’re at it — why isn’t anyone complaining about the fact that Noah and his family are white?
Now, I understand that I am overreacting as well.
But, I figure let Hollywood have a crack at the stories of the Bible. The beautiful thing is, the Bible is open to interpretation. We all bring our personality (and baggage) into it.
Besides, I’d much rather see something done by people who know how to make movies rather than be told that I need to watch Kirk Cameron movies in order to be a good Christian.