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Are We a Bit Inconsistent?: Movies about the Bible

25 Mar

Disclaimer:  I have not watched the traditional old movies at Easter in forever and a day.  And I am not watching the new series about the Bible on the History Channel at this time either.

Soooo, I speak in some ways from total ignorance.  Either a faulty memory of the old or an unawareness of the new.  

However, when the movies “Barabbas,” “King of Kings,” “Ben Hur,” and “The Ten Commandments” came out in the 1950’s and 1960’s, wasn’t there a lot of happy buzz around them?

Families would gather around the television together at Easter to devour these four-hour masterpieces.  They would rejoice that Hollywood was making films about the Bible.  They would overlook the errors . . .

Oops, there is that last part, isn’t there?

You see, people still watch those old classics from the 1950’s and 1960’s at Easter today.  Errors and all.

But today’s young families have something else.  

A History Channel series on the Bible being shown in the weeks preceding Easter.  With errors and all . . . (just like the earlier movies).  

And we older folks have taken to telling those younger families that they are guilty of poor choices when they watch that series as a family.  Because it has errors and all.  

Just like the stuff we watched when we were children and/or young parents.  

Hollywood will never get it exactly right.  No movie could.  

We can choose to watch things with errors, or not.  

But we have to realize it is inconsistent to praise things from the 1960’s (with errors) while condemning things from the 2010’s (with errors).  

Just saying . . .

Do What I Say, Not What I Do . . .

22 Jan

I John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but indeed and in truth.”

A number of years ago I sat under the teaching of a Bible study leader who taught us the book of Romans.  At the end, she pointed out the diversity of the people Paul greeted, slave and free, black and white, Roman, barbarian, and Jew.  She held that up as a model for our response to the diversity we see around us, mentioning that the church should embrace diversity more than any other body.  She specifically mentioned ministry to people with AIDS, as that was a new subject back then.

I was overjoyed at that teaching and very respectful of the viewpoint.  I told her how thankful I was that she had gotten into AIDS ministry and asked how I could do the same.  There was a pause and a cleared throat.  “Oh, I don’t do AIDS ministry.  I only mentioned that as an ideal for us to shoot for . . .”  Oh!

My friend knew the Great Commission and how it calls Christians forth to go evangelize the world.  She knew it so well that she taught it to us almost every week.  So I was later surprised to find that she did not practice this herself either.  She told me her job in the Body of Christ was to equip others to fulfill the Great Commission.  Wow!

Only . . . she was just being honest in an area where other people are not, right?  How many Bible teachers believe that their job stops as soon as they have told others how to go fulfill the Great Commission?  How many don’t try to fulfill it personally?

Fact is, our human nature is lazy and wants to give us a free pass while we tell others to go out and do the Kingdom work.  We just need to be aware of this fact about ourselves.  Jesus called the Pharisees out about that tendency to lay burdens on others that they would not pick up themselves.  

There is a great work to be done and none of us is exempt from the call to do it.  Let’s go, okay?

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