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The DaVinci Code

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I think I'll go see The DaVinci Code. Too many people are telling me I mustn't.

The debate brings to mind author Donald Miller, who (in his useful book Blue Like Jazz) tells of hearing a "blowhard preacher" railing on how TV reduces our brains to inactivity resembling sleep. Finding that inviting – and maybe feeling a bit suffocated by the authoritarianism of those who tell us what to do – Miller bought one.

In an excellent piece carried by Sojonet, Ryan McCarl writes that some of the issues raised by the film are, in fact, real issues (see the article here). Our faith does share many symbols with pagan religions, for instance. And the books of the Bible were selected over time by a wide array of people. And the abuse of power by our ancestors in the faith is atrocious.

Shall we pretend it isn't so? Wouldn't that make those we disciple more vulnerable?
Shall we boycott and censor and picket? Boy howdy (as Georgann says), that will love our enemies and satisfy our souls.

Look, we believe we serve the God Jahweh,
who has been on his throne since time began,
who sent his son Jesus to die for us,
who fills us with his Holy Spirit,
who reigns forever and ever,
who promised us that nothing could separate us from his love,
and that he who began a good work in us will faithfully complete it,
and that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.
And a movie is going to cast us up on the rocks.

I think not.

Watch God use it.

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Written by Monte

May 26, 2006 at 8:02 pm

Posted in Art, Worry

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  1. Uh-huh. I wonder if sacred things are like manna: gather as much as you need, but if you try to hoard (or “protect”), it goes rotten on you. You end up with something on your hands you’d rather not have.

    Monte

    June 4, 2006 at 10:04 pm

  2. This makes me laugh! And it’s very insightful.

    Seems to me the Da Vinci prohibition–and most prohibitions like it–betrays the usual motivation for censorship: fear that something “sacred” will be lost. Not something TRULY sacred, but rather a stronghold of power that OUGHT to be lost, a clinging belief in something that must be protected BECAUSE it has gone awry, because its foundations are built on sand.

    Reminds me of the story in Acts 5, in which the disciples were out healing the sick, causing a jealous brewhaha among the religious leaders. One of those leaders, Gamaliel, wisely advised them to let the disciples do their thing because “if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men.”

    So it is with The Da Vinci Code: What is of God in it will be revealed. The only ones that need fear that are those who have something to lose. Yet the only thing they’ll lose is what they really don’t want anyway, that is, what is not of God.

    But what do I know?! Really, my analogy between the Bible story and The Code falls apart if looked at very closely, doesn’t it?

    Just trying to get at something. :)

    Amy/Adela

    June 1, 2006 at 6:40 am


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