David defeats Goliath, one of the earliest Bible stories any church-attending child ever learns, and by the time one of these reaches my forth-grade Sunday School class he has heard the basic story so many times he feels bored to hear it again. To overcome that, I am challenged to teach the deepest meanings of the text, through a Big Picture point of view.
One animated film series has added to the difficulty of teaching Scripture accurately. Veggie Tales introduces young children to the Bible at the earliest ages. How could that be a negative? Sure, the characters are vegetables, and the plots have been altered to include, dodgeball games, and slushies, but the kids are hearing “scripture”…always good, right? These days, before I can even begin to teach, I have to help my students “unpack” the false information they have in their minds from the VT series.
This month a film is being released by the producers of last year’s TV series “The Bible.” Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey have made a film called The Son of God. I’ve heard a few of their interviews on TV and radio, and find this couple to be sincere about their work. They testify to their personal commitments to Christ, claiming to be genuine believers. Though I don’t doubt that they, as well as the Veggie Tales producers, are Christ-followers, these creative believers are altering God’s inspired Word. Is it due to ignorance of Scripture or their desire to appeal to the masses?
Why criticize anything that brings attention to God’s Word, His work, or His Son?” Because, regardless of the pretty packaging, false teaching is deeply damaging, very difficult to correct, and almost impossible to remove!
Some Christian church denominations prohibit all artistic depictions of Jesus as idol worship, violating God’s #2 Commandment. I am not a member of this particular group, but I respect their commitment to keeping their “views” of the Savior and His Godhead holy and unmarked by human alterations or imaginations.
The Son of God may be a “beautiful” film. It may “inspire” people to reach for a Bible and investigate the claims made in the movie. It may also denigrate the Person of Christ by failing to accurately portray His authority, power, and position…as God the Son!
(Jesus) “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.