Disappointing Noah Advice


The Dove Sent Forth From the Ark, Gustave Dore, 1866

The Dove Sent Forth From the Ark, Gustave Dore, 1866

I have not seen the new movie Noah.

Neither have a lot of people.

Neither have a lot of people who are telling me that I shouldn’t see it.

And I find this very disappointing.

There are many in the church, church leaders, church talking heads, who are in an uproar and declaring that followers of Christ do not need to see the movie Noah.

In fact, they declare that we should be afraid to see Noah.

The narrative goes like this: it does use the word God, it has taken liberties with the story,and it changes the context of the biblical reasons for the flood.

My response to that is: why to we, as a Church, continue to expect spiritual understanding from those without the Spirit? (click to tweet)

It seems ridiculous for us to ask those who don’t believe they are sinners – in fact, who believe everyone is basically a good person – to believe that the flood is God’s judgment for sin.

Instead, the movie Noah is a chance for loving engagement with the world. It is a world created opportunity to open up a gospel discussion.

If it is true that the movie relates the flood to environmental causes, does this not provide an opportunity to talk about how God made mankind to be stewards of the world He created? It would seem a natural inroad to say, yes, God made everything, and He made the world good.

We could acknowledge that mankind has abused the creation and talk about how that is part of our broken nature to be users and manipulators and try to define our self and value apart from God.

What a gift to be able to talk about how God promises to restore all things to his intended order in the new heavens and new earth.

The movie Noah is not to be feared, it is a gift. To use a sports analogy, it is a pitch right – down – the – middle.

One of the big complaints I’ve read an heard is that Noah is portrayed as doubting. Saying “why do you not answer me?

First, that seems like an acknowledgment of God. Second, while this is not in the Bible, is it so outlandish to think that a man who spent 120 years building a boat in the desert, amid the scorn and derision of world filled to the brim with sin, would have times of frustration, doubts, and feeling like God is distant? Sounds like a typical week for me.

And that provides another mode of discussion about the movie. Aligning our experience with the experience of those who see the movie and may want to ask questions. Following Jesus is tough.

It is disappointing the church leaders drum up fear. Rather than engaging the culture around us, it seems to be the desire of some to bully the culture we live in. That won’t work as a strategy to get people to hear the life changing message of the gospel.

Followers of Jesus have truth. We have love. If gates of hell will not prevail, then certainly we have nothing to fear against a big-budget Hollywood flick.

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