Criticizing Jesus

Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a guest blogger who goes by the handle TorturedYouthPastor (@AbusedYM). He’s a newcomer to the Xian Anon scene. Take it away, my man…

Buddy Christ, courtesy of "Dogma"

Buddy Christ, courtesy of “Dogma”

I’ve seen quite a frenzy going around about the new ‘Son of God’ movie, mostly from Christians. I’d like to add my input if I may.

From what I’ve seen on social media outlets through friends, friends of friends, and comment sections from web articles, it’s become clear that the lack of 100% accuracy in this movie leaves many believers feeling short-changed. Understandable. We wait decades for Hollywood to give us a movie worth seeing and then we get a less-than-totally-accurate depiction of Christ. So then the moral grandstanding begins.

Now before I start offending let me first say I’m just as guilty as anyone of moral grandstanding from time to time myself and appreciate when I’m brought back to the reality of my own inconsistency. So with that premise, let me begin.

Many of the comments I’m seeing are are, “I’m not going to financially support this due to its inaccuracies”. Some argue, “He’s been mellowed out” and some argue, “He’s been too Americanized” (casting issue), that “parts of scripture are altered, embellished, or flat left out”. Many conclusions is that, in one form or another, this is blasphemous to who Christ is.

I’m encouraged that believers are concerned enough to say something about these issues, however I have 2 issues of my own with how we are handling it.

#1 – Rather than taking a stand and ranting and raving on social media about how we haven’t seen it nor will we see it, why not watch it then take the time to explain to those who don’t claim Christ as Lord and Savior how Scripture differs from Hollywood’s portrayal? It was #2 in the box office opening weekend. I have to believe non-believers saw it too. So rather than fighting in house for the whole world to see about a movie, why not take the opportunity to make it a tool for discussion?

#2 – If point number 1 means nothing to you and you still want to make a moral stance on not watching it, that’s fine. No one is going to condemn you to Hell for not watching it. But at least be consistent. If you’re not going to watch Son of God because you feel it is blasphemous, then be consistent with all of your movie watching. Don’t have the attitude at the theater about not watching a “blasphemous” movie about Jesus and then walk in to the next theater that’s playing ‘Non Stop’ which takes The Lord’s name in vain 12 times, 6 of which are the big “GD”, “3 Days to Kill” which takes his name in vain 15 times, or “Ride Along” and “Robo Cop” which take His name in vain 7 times, respectively. I could continue listing movies but I think the point is made. At least be consistent.

Let me throw in one last point… Has any movie that’s been made based on a book (Harry Potter, LOTR, Hunger Games, etc) ever been 100% on par with the book?

So there’s my 2 cents on the matter.

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