Got an email from a friend who had forwarded an email advocating/cajoling people (read Christian) not to watch the movie – The Golden Compass. The zealots are up in arms against it because it supposingly promotes atheism. Now I wondered how they got to this conclusion when the movie has not even premiere yet? They became expert just because they read the book or somebody said so?
This is not the first movie that got ‘hit’. I remembered when the movie A1 first came out in 2001, a good friend was writing left/right/centre to every Christians she knows not to watch the show because it implies that robots can become human (or something like that) and therefore it steps on the Christian’s belief that only God is the creator of human.
Then of course there is the famous Harry Potter. That time round when the first book came out, a number of churches got into the act and openly advise their congregation not to read the book or watch the movie – why because it promotes witchcraft! I found this out from my niece when she complained her mother refused to let her read the book or watch the movie.
More recently, we have the Da Vinci Code with its supposingly shocking and some say heretical view on the origin of Christ and His descendants.
Anyway, I have read the books and/or saw the movies (except for the Golden Compass) and am not persuaded by the arguments that these people have that there is anything prejudice against Christianity. At the end of the day, I think movie makers and authors are out to make money and the best way to make money is to court controversy. I doubt they have any hidden agenda other than that. The more the people protest, the more interest in the subject is generated and sales increases. So to all those who are making noise and passing judgement, lighten up and look at everything and take everything with a pinch of salt. May be this could also be a good time to test whether your faith can withstand this sort of propaganda (if there really is one in the first place).
To end, I let the reply from my friend who forwarded me the email on the Golden Compass says it all:
“anyway, all these hype will only certainly do one thing, create awareness or attention (necessary or unnecessary is another story)…..
i strongly believe what said in Romans 8:28.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[a] who[b] have been called according to his purpose.
Can be a good conversation piece to start sharing the good news!” unquote
That’s the spirit!