So, we’re now a few weeks into The DaVinci Code‘s theatrical run.
Sony lured many Christians into promoting the film, buying tickets, going with their congregations to the movie, and even buying the book.
All of this occurred so that Christians could be armed and ready to join a huge “cultural dialogue” because of the great opportunities for evangelism here.
When I suggested we were being duped, I was sternly reprimanded. This, I was told, is what Christians are supposed to do. This is how the church engages with the arts. We send a lot of money to filmmakers who are producing big screen heresy in order to have the privilege of seeing that heresy for ourselves and then witnessing to the people who sat next to us.
So now I want to know… where are the stories of post-“DaVinci Dialogue” conversions?
How many people have YOU shared Christ with since the movie opened?
How has contributing to the film’s ENORMOUS box office success, which has already guaranteed that a prequel is on the way to theaters, enriched YOUR dialogue about Christ with your Code-loving neighbors?
Just curious. Because I haven’t heard anything yet. All I’ve heard is that Ron Howard and company are laughing all the way to the bank with churchgoers’ money.
Of course, now THE OMEN is being promoted to Christians… as yet another great opportunity to JOIN THE DIALOGUE. I received a pamphlet in the mail today, showing me just how many verses in Scripture are related to this movie. I suspect its release will stoke up the fires of revival begun by the release of The Da Vinci Code.
Somewhere in the middle of all of this, Philippians 4:8 has been forgotten.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Early reviews made it pretty clear that there wasn’t much true, or honorable, or just, or pure, or lovely, or commendable, or excellent, or worthy of praise in the film. And yet, even though the verdict was in, Christians lined up for it.
Meanwhile, films that ARE reflecting truth, honor, justice, purity, and all of that good stuff… THOSE films aren’t even being mentioned in most churchgoers’ circles.