A few movies have come out recently receiving reactions from the evangelical community (or just my friends on Facebook who post articles about them). Generally I do not care to enter into the blogosphere discussions but these movies and the discussions got me thinking. Why all the hype?
I am not sure why Frozen received so much attention but figured I’d include it in the discussion. . . . In fact, you could replace Frozen with any movie and my views would be applicable to any movie.
I’m pretty sure I know why Son of God and Noah receive a lot of discussion. These are movies based on historical people recorded by God to help reveal Himself. I have not seen either movie, (I know, I have just endangered my critique) and will probably see at least one of them if not both of them. But my guess is people criticize the movies because they are not biblically accurate.
When I go see them, I am expecting inaccuracies. Why? Because they are Hollywood productions. What I do expect is the producers, writers, directors, and actors told these stories to try and entertain people in order to make money. My guess is some churches will take people to these theaters and show the movies and try to use them to evangelize. And to that end Hollywood did what it wanted to do: make money off of the viewer.
But I cannot expect these movies (or any movie) to accurately tell the truth in such a way as to teach, reproof, correct, train, or evangelize me. Why not? Because that places my expectation for those results on the wrong media.
If we are looking to evangelize, teach, reproof, train, or correct people then we need to turn to the one source where God says that will happen: The Bible. God gave us His Word, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” These are the writings, “that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Tim 3:15).
The source of truth is found in the Bible. But can’t these movies tell it like God told it? Sure. But do we expect Hollywood companies needing to make money to adhere to accuracy? No. Who I can expect to adhere to biblical arguments are pastors, teachers, and preachers. Sunday mornings men preach the Word. God expects us to adhere to His message the way He told it.
“But wait! What message is this movie conveying to my children?” Wait! What message are you conveying to your children? Teach them the source of truth and tell them why movies are made: entertain and make money. Teach them to navigate the world with the truth in mind.
In the end, I’m faced with one realization: expect to find the truth in Scripture. By knowing this and expecting this it will help us understand why movies are not accurate and drive us to where we need to find Truth — the Bible.