Though I’ve heard many Christians tout Son of God, I think some of them might be missing part of its message.
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Roma Downey and Mark Burnett at a book-signing for the novel, A Story of God and All of Us. Ms. Downey plays Christ’s mother in the new film and she and her husband, Mr. Burnett, are among its producers. In the few moments I spent with this Hollywood Power Couple, they conveyed their burning desire to reach the hearts of the lost. After watching Son of God, I think they also want us to realize that some of those lost hearts might be sitting in the pews of our churches.
“There’s Nothing New Under the Sun”
If Son of God does nothing else, it proves the writer of Ecclesiastes right: there is nothing new under the sun. The names may change, but the same characters keep showing up over and over again. The disgruntled Israelites, under the thumb of the Roman Empire, sound a whole lot like Tea Party members complaining about Democrats in the Senate. Christ’s message of hope sounds strangely like a campaign for change we observed a few of years ago. Whether it’s today’s headlines or ancient history, we still search for the same things, make the same mistakes and offer the same excuses.
“But Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees”
Poor Caiaphas! Squeezed between political demands and religious concerns, the High Priest of Israel made a bad choice. Focused on the expediency of removing a rabble-rouser from the streets of his capital, at the most security-sensitive time of the year, he got a little carried away. Many historians cast Herod or Pilate as the bad guy, but their concerns were solely political. Judas’ choice was personal. Caiaphas was the official spiritual guide of his fellow Israelites. I give him the Black Hat.
When I read or watch the news, there seem to be a lot of Caiaphases out there – earnest people that mean well, but get a little carried away. If the box office returns are good, Hollywood will produce more movies with a Christian Worldview and some members of the audience will become Christians after watching the movie. As a believer, I watched this movie and was reminded that I have a whole lot more in common with Caiaphas than I might want to admit. Do you?