I can’t believe how gullible and undiscerning American Christians can be! A movie which makes a comedy about the story of God’s ultimate act of judgment of sin in the Old Testament and presents God the Father as a man has been marketed to Christians, and Christians are buying it! Finally, an unbeliever says what Christian leaders should have been saying long ago.
HT: Bart Barber
UPDATE: Now Dr. James Dobson has spoken out on the movie. See his dissent from his own organization’s review here (scroll down to Dobson’s comments after the review). Here’s an excerpt that hits the nail on the head.
My greatest objection to the film is its use of God’s name irreverently in eight or 10 instances, as in “Oh my ____.” It was simply unnecessary to write the script this way, and I was bothered by it. I was also uncomfortable with the depiction of our most righteous God as an ordinary man who, though endearing and warm, danced and performed funny miracles. Some people, even individuals with similar beliefs to mine, will not be offended by this presentation. But I was taught at my mother’s knee that God is profoundly holy, and we are to approach Him with deep humility and reverence. The first four of the Ten Commandments refer to this divine nature, including a warning to those who would misuse His name or refer to it disrespectfully. How can I endorse a movie that runs past those boundaries, even though most others do far worse?
Finally, I was concerned about the rewriting of the story of Noah and his ark. “God,” played charmingly by Morgan Freeman, told the new Noah character that the first flood occurred because the people hadn’t done enough “acts of random kindness” (as in A.R.K. Get it?). God destroyed the world and its inhabitants, the contemporary god said, not to punish a wicked and perverse generation as we read in Genesis 6, but as a benign object lesson to encourage people to be nicer to each other. It was bad theology and a radical distortion of Scripture. (HT: Sharper Iron)
Again, let me express my incredulity that a Christian would risk being part of something that demeans the character of God for a few laughs with one’s family. This shows how Christians idolize humor.
Disclaimer: I like comedies. I also enjoy the NBC series The Office in which Steve Carell, the main actor in Evan Almighty, plays Michael Scott.