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?


Daniel said...
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Anonymous said...

Good post. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this issue myself. I definitely agree that "good" should be able to exist as "good" without being made "Christian," but there are Christian references through C.S. Lewis's writings (and J.R.R. Tolkien's), and I can't see the harm in bringing them out. I guess it depends on your approach. Extremes are almost always bad. I don't think you should beat people over the head with it or stay silent. Maybe just something like, "I like how you can still see the Christian imagery that C.S. Lewis wove into his Narnia books." That is, of course, assuming you CAN still see it in the movies.