This afternoon I was speaking with a close friend who mentioned that her daughter and son-in-law had seen the movie Noah and they in fact were entertained. What a novel thought; imagine that, going to a movie simply to be entertained.
I am a Conservative Christian woman who has lived in the Bible Belt her entire life. I am not considered overtly “religious” by some standards but I figure that is between me and God. I have not seen the movie and frankly whether I do or not is irrelevant. I am not a biblical scholar (although I have read the Bible) so I will not debate the points that are biblically based and those that are not. But I feel a need to speak out about the publicity that we (conservative Christians) are giving a movie made by liberals to make money.
First, it is not a movie made by the Southern Baptist Convention to teach Sunday school.
Second, it is rated PG-13. Your young children should not be seeing it without you and your teens should be old enough to have a mature conversation with afterwards should you allow them to see it.
Third, other religious movies are not 100% biblically based. The Ten Commandments takes some literary license and The Passion of the Christ adds fictional events that are not in the gospels.
And finally, there is also this business over Russell Crowe (Noah) having a buzz cut. I actually find it quite comical that so much energy and rhetoric has been wasted on hair. Do any of us really know what Noah’s hair looked like, and furthermore does it matter? Are you sure that Moses looked exactly like Charlton Heston did in The Ten Commandments?
I realize that there are other fallacies in Noah that I have not mentioned such as the attempt to murder children. This is biblically inaccurate. I do not believe this happened and I do not care for the fact that is it portrayed that way. But, it’s a movie.
I wonder if we devoted this much energy to reviewing all movies what would happen. Many Christians seem to promote a boycott of Noah. Maybe we should also boycott movies that glamorize a life of crime, or ones that depict violence between two factions of mankind as the only way to solve disputes. Maybe we should take a firmer stand on those that make a mockery of our moral standards. I personally find these more disturbing than a less-than-factual movie about Noah.
Have you ever considered that maybe the problem is not the movie but the fact that we should not be getting our religious education (or any education for that matter) from movies produced by Hollywood liberals?