Thursday, November 17, 2005

It's happening already

We all know that December 9th, 2005 will be an exciting day. I am very much looking forward to the opening of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I am currently re-reading it so I can relive its great tale and better compare the book and the movie. I have around 40 or 50 pages left and wish college would pause so I can finish it. It has been quite while since I read the book, and despite the fact that some of the Scripture symbolism is kinda cheesy, I like the book.

Anyways, what I am not looking forward to is the fact that this movie is going to be used as an evangelism tool and be manipulated into something it wasn't meant to be. It happened with Lord of the Rings and it will happen with Narnia. Can't good books be made into good movies without people infusing it with a message it doesn't explicitly contain?

I realize this doesn't really make sense. I think I'm just irritated by the fact that anything remotely Christian is hailed as the next big thing in evangelism. How 'bout we see the movie, with our friends (saved or unsaved) and let our lives be a witness. If they ask about the movie, that's fine...but must we twist everything to make it have a clear Gospel message?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

It's Our History, Too!

Over the last few years, I've become increasingly aware of how little my peers know of Church history. Many Christian college students have no clue what Reformation Day, Ash Wednesday, All Saint's Day or any of the other holidays celebrated by the Church are. That really makes me sad. Like the title of this post says, it's our history, too!

I once heard a [very good] series of sermons that used the analogy of a song about our relation to the Church at large. We are just a part--a small part--of God's plan for human history that is played out in His body, the Church. Like a song, God's plan is complete--it goes from start to finish and has a theme, but it also has individual sections (like the notes, verses, etc.) We can't forget our place in the song.

It wasn't until I was in highschool that I finally began to understand the importance of the Creeds. (Thank you, Mr. Fakkema!) Each week we would discuss a phrase of the Apostle's Creed and what it meant. Thanks to Rich Mullins, I easily memorized it through a song.

Maybe this stems from my love of hymns. I don't know. But it...saddens (?) me that so many people are ignorant of our history. You can't be a 'Lone Ranger' Christian, and neither can the Church. Good or bad, we have a history. Let's learn from it. "Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us..." (Romans 15:4a) "Now these things occured as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things has they did." (1 Cor. 10:6)