The Golden Compass
OK, so it doesn’t take much to get me excited about a movie from the previews. I really am a trailer whore, so it is no wonder that two armored polar bears fighting had me all ready to go watch this movie. But then the emails start coming in about how they are written by an atheist and that this movie is like the atheist version of marijuana (a gateway drug). So now I feel all bad for wanting to go and see it.
But that got me to thinking. What would have happened if the internet had been around when The Wizard of Oz came out? That wasn’t written from a Christian perspective. There are people who have similar objections to Dorothy and Toto as they do to Harry Potter (don’t get me started on that). You have witches and magic and a eastern “there is power within you” philosophy. Add that to the whole idea that the “great and powerful one” is actually just a man who can fake it well and you have a movie that Christians can get up in arms against.
So I say again, what would have happened if that movie had come out now. There would have been email chains and boycotts and Christians refusing to let their kids see such propaganda. You never know we may have never experienced those great days back before cable when that movie would come on once a year and you would watch through the whole black and white part just for that glorious moment when she opens the door and her world is in color.
I don’t really have a huge point to make here. I don’t know if The Golden Compass is a movie Christians should see (although there are some really cool polar bears in there), but I think somewhere along the way Christians have started defining themselves by what they stand against and have forgotten what they stand for.
But that is what I have been saying for years so I won’t go off on that rant again.