With the recent release of movies like Noah, Son of God, and a string of similar big-budget Bible films to follow, we are provided an opportunity to reflect upon the opportunity presented to proclaim the gospel, as well as to get an accurate grip on what is happening in pop culture.
Without being overly cynical, I would like to point out that it is not a concern for right doctrine or biblical awareness that is driving the creation of films, but the ability to make money. It’s clear that there exists a faithful audience of Bible believing Christians who will shell out the cash to see their views represented on screen. Look no further than the box office success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ to see this concept displayed in full. With that understood, there is still value in seeing these films because of the opportunity it creates to make the name of Jesus great.. According to some early reviews, Noah remains at least mostly faithful to Scripture, and deals with the depravity of man in a very real way. In a culture where anything goes as long as it makes you happy, this will surely be a source for much dialogue. As the body of Christ, we have an opportunity to graciously and lovingly speak the truth regarding sin and humanity as well as the good news of Christ’s gospel, whether it be in your school, office, or sports team. If we skip the movie due to minor doctrinal concerns, we will miss out on these opportunities to discuss and engage with those who are unbelievers and have seen it.