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A Question regarding the “Son of God” Movie

Son of God

Is the Son of God movie ushering in a new way of evangelism? Is the movie starting a new way for people to be introduced to the Bible? This is something I have been wrestling with for a while now. I have had a couple conversations with friends concerning what I am posting today and am not sure quite how I feel about it. Tim Challies had a great post regarding the movie here. As I was reading a little about the movie, I came across this statement from Mark Burnett:

Downey’s husband, “The Voice” and “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett, said the Christian filmmaking team reached out specifically to other faiths to tell the story of the life of Jesus — played with an air of bemused dignity by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado — without causing offense.”

“It just took a lot of work and a lot of time and a lot of listening over a number of years to see everybody’s point of view and how to not take the teeth out of the story — the dynamic drama from the story — but be sensitive across groups,” Burnett said. “Because there’s very different interpretations across the Catholic faith and the Protestant faith and the Jewish faith.”

You can read the full article here.

What do you think about this? Should Christians be worried about this? Should we support endeavors like this? Or should we be weary of it? Is it possible to portray the true Biblical account of Jesus without causing offense? When is it ok to add or take away from the Bible for the sake of entertainment or drawing people to hear or see the story of Jesus?

If you want to share your thoughts, I ask you to do so here on the blog, not on my Facebook post. Also, please be respectful to other commenters and only respond to my questions, not the responses of others. Thank you. I look forward to seeing what you all have to say.

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The end of the World???

Well, so far, the world has not ended today, the 21st of December, a date that the Mayan’s predicted thousands of years ago would be the end of the world. One quick Google search reveals that this prediction was similar to how many people predicted the world might end on December 31, 1999 with Y2K and we all know what happened there…nothing. But, another Google search will reveal that many people attempt to predict the end of the world, but to no avail. Now it seems that all that’s left are jokes about the apocalypse that never came. REM’s song It’s the End of the World is probably trending worldwide on Twitter, as I know I have seen many references to it. The popular saying “as if there’s no tomorrow” is making a number of appearances on my Facebook wall and Twitter feed.

With that said, I want to share something God really challenged me with this morning as I thought about the whole Mayan prediction as well as when the world does end. Every morning, I have to wake up between 3 and 4 AM to be at work so it is pretty quiet and easy for me to think. Basically, the thought that God impressed on my heart was this:

My world may not end today, but what about those men, women and children whose lives will end today? What about them? Does my heart hurt for them as God’s heart aches? Do I ache for them, knowing that thousands of people are going to die today without hearing the Gospel message and having a chance to come to know the Lord? Or what about all the slaves in the world today whose lives have already basically ended? Do I care about them? What am I doing to reach them? God has said that one sign of His return will be that everyone in the world will have had a chance to hear the Gospel. Also, am I living each day as if it really could be God’s return? Am I living each day as if I could be standing face to face before God at any moment?

These thoughts came rushing into my head today as I was beginning my day on the day the world was supposed to end…according to the Mayans. But now my head cannot shake the thought of those in the world who will face death and their world will end. Just thinking about everything that will happen in this world today pushes my heart to cry out all the more earnestly, come quickly Lord Jesus!!!! Babies who will never have a chance to experience the joys of life because of being aborted. Men, women and children who will have their very identity taken from them today through human trafficking and be pushed into the world of slavery never to be seen or heard from again by their loved ones.

Maybe this Christmas God wants me to be more mindful of what I can give and do for those who will not have anything special to do on Tuesday, December 25th. Maybe I can be thoughtful and prayerful of how I can reach my world for Christ so fewer people die without having heard the Gospel? Or maybe I can support a ministry whose goal is to bring justice to the world and help end slavery or sponsor a child in a poverty stricken country, etc. As followers of Christ, we are called to make a difference in the world. We are called to be salt and light. Salt cannot flavor anything without being in contact with it. A light cannot make a difference in a dark place by hiding. Are we going to be so caught up in what we get this Christmas that we forget to look at what we could give? Are we going to consider Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than receive?” Imagine the difference Christians could make if we began looking at Christmas as a time to sacrificially give to those who have nothing. What would that instill in our children? What would that do to our families? To our church? To our community?

The struggle is that at Christmas, I want to see Ellie’s face light up when she opens a gift. I want to shower her with gifts because I am a dad and that is what every dad wants to do. But, do I want to see her face light up more when she experiences the joy of serving someone? Do I want to see the joy she gets from truly giving to someone who cannot give anything back? That experience will mean so much more in the long run because it does not fade like the allure of a new toy or video game or doll or shoes.

I am not saying that everyone is wrong in their celebration of Christmas because many people probably do more in the world at Christmas time then I have ever done. I am not telling everyone who reads this to completely get rid of giving gifts at Christmas. I am merely sharing how God challenged me this morning and how God has been working in my life lately. If this is something you have never thought of, but want more information, there are many different ministries/organizations you can look into who are financially responsible and worth investing in. Here are a few worth looking into: Freedom 4/24, International Justice Mission, World Help, and Compassion International.

Christmas can be a time where we can make a huge difference in the world, or it can be a time where we are so internally focused that we miss what it is all about. I pray that we are able to be ones who want to make a difference in the world and allow God to use us and impact the world for Him.


Why do You go to Church?

Why do you go to church?

I have been reading through the book Radical Together by David Platt over the last couple days and it is full of challenges that I feel any church should take the time to read through. Platt uses a humble and honest approach to really call into question the way we “do” church. Here is an excerpt from his book that I hope will speak to you as it did to me:

What if growing the church was never intended to depend upon creating a good performance with all the right people on the stage? Where did we get the idea that this was necessary? Certainly Scripture instructs us to gather for worship. This is nonnegotiable but not necessarily in the way we usually think about it.

Imagine being in a church on the other side of the world where it is illegal for the church to even exist. You wait until midnight, when everyone else in the village is asleep, to quietly leave your house. Under the cover of darkness, you sneak down winding roads and past silent houses, looking around every corner make sure no one is following you. You know that if you or anyone else from your church is caught, you may never see your home again. For that matter, you may never see the light of day again.

Yet you continue on until you round a bend, and there you see a small house with a faint light emanating from it. Checking one last time to make sure you have not been tailed, you slip inside. There you are greeted by a small band of brothers and sisters who have made the same long trek. As you look at their weary but expectant faces, you realize something: Not one of them has come because a great communicator has been scheduled to speak. Not one is present because a cool band is scheduled to play. No, all are there simply because they desire to gather with the people of God, and they are willing to risk their lives to be together.

Performance has nothing to do with it. People have everything to do with it. (taken from pages 58-59)

How could you handle that? Why are you going to church? Is it for the production? Or is it for the message of Jesus Christ and to hear the Gospel and the Word of God taught and also because you love fellow believers in Christ and long for fellowship with them? Would you go to church if this is what you had to do and with the possible cost being your very life? It’s not very convenient, but then again, being a Christian is never convenient.

This was such an encouragement and a challenge to me. It was a reminder of how well I have it here and I am so thankful for that. This was a challenge though to be praying all the harder for my brothers and sisters around the world.


Question:

To all parents out there,

This morning as I was reading a book, a question came to my mind and I decided I want to pose it to all of you. I would like to ask each of you who read this though to pass it on to other parents that you know as I would enjoy seeing the many different responses that come from this.

Question: Should we as parents teach our children to count the cost of every step of faith before taking that step? Or should we teach them that sometimes you just have to jump without knowing where you will land?

I look forward to seeing the responses.