I must start by saying that I still have yet to see the movie.
You might be wondering, “How can you tell me to go see a movie that you haven’t seen?”
First, I do plan on seeing it. Second, I have read articles, blogs, and even Facebook posts by people who have seen it. I’ve talked to people who saw the movie. Third, my perspective today is NOT a review of the movie. Rather, it is a perspective about what the movie means for us as believers who are on mission.
Let me make one thing clear: If you are a follower of Jesus, this post is geared towards you.
I have heard many Christians lament the fact that Noah does not represent the bible accurately. They talk about how there are many extra-biblical or unbiblical elements in the movie.
There is an important distinction to be made. “Extra-biblical” is different than “unbiblical”. There is much tradition to including elements not found in the Bible in order to bring color and perspective to the stories in the Bible. This is what I call “extra-biblical”. This has the potential to be powerful and effective. Something that is unbiblical, however, would go directly against the content and the purpose of the story in the Bible.
Now, I’m sure that you, my reader, could debate your point of view about the movie, especially if you have seen it. That is not the goal of this post (but your comments are welcome)!
Here is why I encourage you to see the movie: because the world is watching it. It earned over $40 million in its first weekend. This most likely includes friends and family members of yours. And it quite possibly will include people you know who do not yet know Jesus.
There are many movies that have good morals. Others that do not. But it is not every day that we get a movie seen by millions of people that ALSO claims some type of connection to the Bible. Whether that connection is good or bad, it is still a connection.
We, as believers, are called to be on mission, bringing the light and life of Jesus to the world around us. By seeing this movie, you have the perfect opportunity to engage those who don’t know Jesus in conversation about the real story of Noah.
You might think, “Well, sure, but I don’t have to see the movie to talk about the Noah story from the Bible with those who don’t believe”. True, but you would be missing something important: truth is found in the conversation, not just the presentation. Would you rather engage in a conversation with a person, or simply present what you believe to be truth, hoping that they might agree with you?
Watch the movie, then use it as a tool to engage others about the amazing, loving, grace-filled God that you and I believe in. That’s what I plan to do.