Christians need to go see Noah! And they should take their kids and non-Christian friends along! In the tremendous controversy the Noah movie has generated, many Christians, including popular pastor Rick Warren, are missing a golden opportunity to educate others about the Biblical account. For years, Christians characterized Hollywood movies as ungodly or not family friendly. But we complain when Hollywood makes movies based upon the Bible!
Some Christians like Pastor Craig Gross, whose son plays Ham in the movie, strongly support seeing it. But many believers are angry about everything from Noah’s vegetarianism to the depiction of an Earth marred by warfare. Wow. First of all, I’d like to point out that if Noah already ate meat, God probably wouldn’t have had to tell him to start doing it in Genesis 9:3. Second, as a war veteran, I can tell you that anytime a lot of human on human violence happens, the environment suffers.
Regardless, we need to go see Noah for two reasons:
- Movie studios want to make money. Remember the tons of movies cancelled or altered after the September 11 attacks? Do we want Hollywood to assume that there is no market for Bible based movies?
- Many non-believers are going to see it anyway Do we want them to get their Bible knowledge from this movie or from their Christian friend who went to see it with them?
As a child I grew up attending primarily Christian schools and I was “protected” from everything that questioned my faith. So I wasn’t prepared to defend my faith when I attended a secular college. That is a violation of 1 Peter 3:15’s instruction to be “… prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…”(English Standard Version) God doesn’t expect us to hide our children from the world. He wants us to teach them His ways at every opportunity as Deuteronomy 6:7 says. What better conversation starter than a movie?
Here’s what I think Christians should do rather than criticize Noah:
- Take a group of teens or kids to a matinee showing of the movie
- Go out for pizza afterwards to discuss the movie and the Bible story. Ask what they saw that was different in the story. Kids want to be heard not preached at.
- You could even provide them with the Biblical story ahead of time so and ask them to evaluate the movie themselves!
This approach both educates and creates an open dialogue with teens, who often don’t think parents respect their views, and it sends Hollywood the message that we like it when they use the Bible as source material!