In an attempt to broaden my musical horizons (something i really don’t like to do) i decided to check out something in the rap/r&b category. So, i settled on the only two albums that came to mind: “The Miseducation of Lauren Hill,” and “The Diary of Alicia Keys.” Both are very highly acclaimed. I haven’t had the chance to really dig into them at this point, but have given each a partial listen. It’s hard for me–the sound is so foreign that i have a hard time with it. Anyway, in the car last night on the way to Camp David we were playing Lauren Hill and everytime a new song started Verity started bouncing around in her seat like she was dancing to the music. It was pretty funny–in spite of my dissapointment that she’s already showing favoritism toward R&B.
My mom taught an honors class this semester at Heartland. She, along with the two students who took the class read the book “The Da Vinci Code,” as well as various other related material. On Thursday night the three of them went to see the movie and asked if i’d like to come along. I haven’t read the book, but i’ve been curious about it and decided to go.
The movie wasn’t impressive–it was much less than i expected from Tom Hanks and Ron Howard. My main though throughout the film, however, was “why did Christians make such a big deal out of this story. “The story wasn’t original. It was basically a hyped version of a treasure hunting story like “National Treasure,” “The Mummy,” or any of the Indiana Jones movies. There wasn’t much in the movie that should be seen as threatening to Christianity.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we (Christians) tend to jump on certain national band wagons–often (in my opinion) doing more harm than good by our activism. For instance, “The Da Vinci Code” has been discussed from the pulpit at the church we attend several times. It was written about in the church newsletter as well. I know for a fact that the same thing happend in many churches throughout the country.
I think that this is having the opposite effect that we intend. The book (which Elizabeth tells me isn’t even taken seriously in literary circles) isn’t worth the panic that it’s causing in Christian circles. It’s filled with bad theology, innacurate history, and poor conclusions. All of which are easily refuted. And yet, we make a big deal about it as a church and by doing so, call it to the attention of even more readers and movie-goers.
An outside observer shouldn’t have any trouble coming to the conclusion that (just as the Catholic Church conspired to conceal and discredit the truth of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdelene and they child they conceived together in the story, because it would ‘undermine the authority of the churches power on earth) the modern church is making such a unified effort to discredit Dan Brown and his book because we’re afraid that it might really undermine us. Are we afraid? If so, what are we afraid of?
My good friend Brandon encouraged Worldview Academy students to simply ignore the film. Not to pickett or protest it. Just to ignore it. Having now seen the film, i can back up his recomendation. Let’s stop talking about a stupid story that is no more threatening to Christianity than stories of Count Dracula. The more we talk, the more people will be curious. Let’s start talking about things that are actually worth our time.