Some Christian leaders and Pastors have been making some pretty big leaps to actually recommend that Christians not only embrace Darren Aronofsky’s Noah movie but pay to see it.
A couple of such articles I have read include one written exclusively for ChristianPost.comby John Snowden, the Biblical Consultant to filmmakers on the 'Noah' movie and another by Phil Cooke titled Why I'm Recommending Christians See the Movie "Noah"
Many tweets by supporters have echoed some of the main points in those two articles so I will focus on Mr. Cooke’s article. Before the film was released, these leaders contended that they were bothered by the fact that Christians in opposition had not actually –seen- the film yet and were basing their remonstrances on hear-say. I was one who was basing mine on Glenn Beck’s take. But after I viewed the movie on Friday, I was actually more appalled and later wrote my review Don't Get Punked by Paramount's Pagan "Noah" Film.
Mr. Cooke opened his article by writing "Here’s why I think Christians need to see the movie:1. I’ve been on the set. I’ve talked to the Chairman of the Studio, as well as the producer, director, set designer, and even the star – Russell Crowe. Not once did I ever get the feeling they were anything but serious. They didn’t mock the story..."
It seems that Christians, being human are easily enchanted by the famous. To Mr. Cooke I say congrats on being in the inner-circle. I'm happy for you being on the set and participating on conference calls with big power players. But I will not say to Hollywood "Thank you sir, may I have another". Christians these days are becoming like the Hellenized Jews. They want so badly to be cool and accepted. If everyone accepts you in this world, it may be time to reflect upon the question of why. Narrow is the road.
The Director (Darren Aronofsky) is the first indicator that the intentions of this film are not in harmony with the clear intent of the Scriptures. Watch his prior work Black Swan and you will know you're dealing with. Actually, don't subject yourself to Black Swan. According to The Washington Times The producer of the movie “Noah,” a self-professed atheist, says he is proud of the fact that he’s taken a story inspired by God’s word and turned it into something so secular. Director Aronofsky called his movie “the least biblical biblical film ever made...” Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/24/atheist-noah-director-brags-film-least-biblical-bi/#ixzz2wzegfIGn
Mr Cooke continued in his treatise, “For at least a decade, we’ve been asking Hollywood to produce movies based on the Bible. Now that they’re doing it, let’s be more encouraging... Our expectations may be unrealistic. Paramount Pictures is a business – a secular film studio. Should we really expect every Bible based film to be 100% accurate? Whatever extra-Biblical elements there are in the film, that doesn’t overcome the fact that Paramount Studios is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to produce and promote a Bible story."To that I contend that the notion that we should just be happy that Hollywood is WILLING to make a movie ABOUT the Bible is misguided. He didn’t just add and omit characters, Aronofsky changed the entire point of the Noah story into a screenplay that reads like a love-letter written by Al Gore for PETA and Green Peace. Paying atheists like Aronofsky to make films distorting Biblical accounts actually encourages --more-- distortions of the Bible. If they see that the controversy of producing such offensive films will still result in Christians shelling out hundreds of million of their dollars, what kind of biblical renditions do you suppose they will create? The answer is the same kind that reflects -their- beliefs.
When it comes to the word of God, accuracy does matter. Should we be glad when people are drawn into the sanctuaries of cults? The vulnerable in such cases are seeing specious interpretations of the Bible – but hey, it’s the Bible. Look at John’s warning to those who add or detract from the book of Revelation at the very preface. Is the reasoning any less applicable to other books of God’s word?
Cooke continued “This will be a national conversation that millions will participate in, and Noah will be water cooler conversation for the next 6 months. What an opportunity for the Christian community! Instead of condemning it outright, let’s join the conversation. Rarely does an event come along that begs us to present our side of the story. But if we don’t see the movie, we’ll be wasting the opportunity”
Should we be glad and patronize them with our money when "artists" prominently display "art" with the cross in a jar of urine or Mary splattered with cow dung because it gives us an "in" to share the Gospel at the water cooler? Ah Phil, I don't think I need that kind of help thank you.
Assessments by Christians who like to be part of the action reminds me of naive new Christians who make arguments in favor of "night club ministries". Using weak rationalization some might want to start a strip club ministry where we go and slip cash and biblical tracts in g-strings for that matter. Crazy as it sounds, it is as substantive as the notion that we need some kind of Hollywood spring-board to share the gospel with the lost.
I understand that Christians want to live worldly lives and be entertained. I'm guilty! But I'm seeing what is happening in this country and am feeling more shallow by the day - every time that I participate in the trivial pop-culture conversations around the proverbial water cooler, in my case with sports talk as a huge football fan. God promised Noah he would never again destroy the world - by a flood. Perhaps it is not ironic that while we debate this inane Noah movie, we seem to be pushing God's patience in ways approaching "the days of Noah" as Christ said it would be “like” on Earth when He returns.
Mr. Cooke concluded "Do we as a Christian community really need to “protect” ourselves from a movie that isn’t 100% Biblically accurate? Would the Apostle Paul have run from the challenge? Rather than withdrawing from the discussion, I suggest that we seize the moment, turn the tables, and use this to our advantage."
To that notion I say that Paul may have gone to Ephesus, the location of the Temple of Artemis; however, being there and boldly proclaiming the Gospel to the people is very different than patronizing their work. I don't think he participated in their idolatry and cannot see him making a financial contribution to it.
The church is more distracted than I have ever seen in my lifetime. It is now far too consumed with money, building mega-buildings and pastors selling self-esteem books about how to have "Your Best Life Now" to recognize how far into depravity our world has fallen. If only Paul, Peter and the early church knew how easy it could be to obey the great commission and make disciples of all men, when we are merely asking them to be disciples of themselves and their own entertainment. To think all of the stoning, crucifixions, beheadings and being fed to Lions could have been avoided by early Christians if they had only had –OUR- special tactics.
The "Bride of Christ" now focuses on and reveres Hollywood as much as non-believers do. I cannot shake this feeling that when the American church refuses to deal with what is going on in this country - yet has plenty of time to defend this preposterous movie, when America finally has our true come to Jesus moment, it will end like final scene in Schindler's List when the shame overcomes Oskar Schindler.
It would be nice to see Christian ministries and churches in America focus on the leftist coup d'état right before our eyes. THAT is what they are going to be thinking shortly when the federal government forces them to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples, when MDs are forced to perform abortions and euthanasia, when the government tells pastors and their congregations to bow to their image. Yes, like Schindler, this effort to justify a pagan Hollywood film will end in a Schindler-like moment as they contemplate - what could have been.
America needs to be embarrassed for being preoccupied by this nonsense and ask ourselves the question: Is life so dear and entertainment so sweet as to be purchased as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take...