I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
The Da Vinci Code Movie is coming out this week. I get the feeling that there are some Christians who are afraid Dan Brownâ€™s story will somehow usher in some kind of evil darkness devoid of Christian thought.
Google â€œda vinci code Christianâ€ and you find that the Da Vinci Code needs debunking, breaking, deciphering, dismantling, and cracking. You can find out the truth about it, whether itâ€™s fact or fiction, and why it has appeal. And every one of those links is on the opening search page. I didnâ€™t have to hunt for them. Sheesh!
I got an email Jerry Falwell this morning with the subject line â€œThe Da Vinci Code Deception.â€ My first instinct was to delete it. I do that a lot with his stuff because Iâ€™ve grown tired of his combative approach to every issue and what I perceive as his need to be right about everything.
But as I started thinking about writing this, I went back into my deleted items because his stuff is usually pretty well thought out, even if it is belligerent. I was hugely disappointed to find it was just an advertisement hawking a book of his own on the subject!
Our church has even had a few weekend messages devoted to the subject. I think they were a good idea because the approach was to try to give folks an idea of what all the hubbub is about.
Now hereâ€™s my thing: Are Christian leaders really afraid that the Scriptures that have withstood assaults for millennia are suddenly going to collapse because some guy writes a novel? Come on!
If I based my world view on something that flimsy, I would want it shaken up a bit!
I want to base my life on capital â€˜Tâ€™ Truth. If some new mystery/thriller was all it took to shake my belief system then how true could it be?
The author even claims it as fiction. Does he stir the pot and muddy the waters? Of course he does. I bet he thinks the more controversy, the better since it equals free publicity. Publicity sells books and lines his pockets. If you read Dan Brownâ€™s faqs youâ€™ll see what I mean.
So we are in a rather ironic situation where Christians, in their effort to stand for truth and confront evil, are doing all the heavy lifting to make sure that the offending book gets as wide an audience as possible.
I think theyâ€™ve missed the point. God is big enough to manage His own reputation. He doesnâ€™t need my help. (Sure I try to do little things to make Him look good. But thatâ€™s really more for my benefit than His. Itâ€™s not like His reputation is dependant on me!)
The problem is most people have never put any real effort into figuring out what they actually believe so they end up chasing what ever new idea comes along. Itâ€™s as futile as chasing the wind.
Sailors know you donâ€™t chase the wind. You certainly canâ€™t control it. The wind is going to blow where it will. All a good sailor can do is set his sails to the best of his ability so he can harness the wind to get where he wants to go.
When folks chase each new idea that comes along they are like a sailor steering all over the compass trying to chase the wind.
If they actually invested some time getting familiar with the source documentation, they might actually come to understand the things they believe and not be so prone to wander off after the next big thing. They could set their sails based on that truth and steer a straight course through life.
Itâ€™s high time Christians got a little passionate about the things they are for and stopped worrying so much about all the things they are against!
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