Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Da Vinci Code: Escaping Authority?

There is lots of uproar, in blogs and sermons, about the Da Vinci Code movie--coming out May 22nd. Here are a few links to different evangelical perspectives: Christian History Mag, Christianity Today, Culture Watch, Brian Godawa (screen writer for To End All Wars)--also here is a link to a post by Dick Staub (Culture Watch) regarding the thoughts of Rowan Williams', the Archbishop of Canterbury.

All this fascination with 'religious secrets' and whatnot seems to be man's ongoing and infamous attempt to escape authority. But by doing this they merely exchange one authority for another, that of the God for a skeptic and highly individualistic culture. I think the words of Lewis are helpful, "A man who jibbed at authority in other things as some people do in religion would have to be content to know nothing all his life" (64 Lewis). Lewis' idea is that authority is inescapable, it's the truth. Christians shouldn't be surprised by the success of The Da Vinci Code; the cross is a stumbling block and it's easier to have faith in godless myths and wives' tales ( 1 Tim. ch.4 v.7) then to bow to reality, that of the crucified and risen Lord.

However, our call is to humble--knowing how much grace we've been given. Being vocally upset with people who don't know Christ, is like punching a blind man for not using a cross walk--better to walk with them.


MattMissyKamps said...

Thanks for the links to the reviews. Its a dicey opinion, but sometimes I'm thankful for movies like this and the uproars they bring, it serves to separate the truth from lies, while at the same time propagating them. But I'm thankful for the fact that challenges to the faith are just that- challenges. They prove over and over the faithfulness of God.

Peggy Halferty said...

Sometimes we humans seem to prefer legends and myths to reality. Perhaps this is because we can satisfy our need for God – or for something greater and more mysterious than ourselves – without the responsibility that the reality of Christ demands.

Peter, who himself had failed personally in his responsibility to Christ warns us that:

2 Peter 2: 1: …. there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 
2: And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 
3: And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:

It is interesting that he says they will make merchandise of you. We are, through our purchase of the books, movies and products spawned by heretical myths and legends giving our income to enrich their creators.

Peter also reminds us that the truth of Christ is not a “cunningly devised fable” but an eyewitness account of Christ’s majesty.

2 Peter 1:15:Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 
16: For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Well then, if we want the true mystery and majesty we must accept Christ. With all the inherent responsibility we hope to avoid with our superficial attraction to false myths and legends.

In the end Peter, the self same very human Peter who betrayed Christ three times in a rapid succession, became a fearless warrior for Christ, martyred in a head down crucifixion. How could this be the same self-protecting and responsibility shirking Peter? What allowed or enabled him to embrace the truth and its accompanying responsibilities, so fully and joyfully? Could the empowerment of the Holy Spirit be the answer? Is this same answer still an option for the masses today?