the daily grump 11-6-19

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The Purging Lutheran is grumpy.

My Sweet Rib went through her Christian-themed books to give away (in this case to a Bible book store) and this is one of them. It contains many examples of the Gospel which can be found in modern movies. Well, OK, this book is about 15 years old so you’d have to dig deep into that box of VHS tapes in your basement to find Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and many other popular films. A scene is picked out and with it a blurb in the book explains how you can find a ‘Christian’ theme it. Then you discuss questions how what you saw means and maybe how you can apply it to your life. You get the idea, right?

Why do we Christians always feel the need to search modern culture for answers to our lives? Songs contain lyrics, movies scenes and books paragraphs which might parallel the Christian viewpoint and we celebrate them as

‘knocking down the secular wall!’.

Never mind we have to slog through the rest of the movie, etal to find these pearls but slog we do. And never mind it’s not true. The secular wall is not being torn down. Let’s face it, modern culture is not geared to satisfying our desire for Christ except if it can be used to make money. Exceptions? Well, duh, but not enough to warrant purposely searching everything popular just for a nugget.

And there’s the other side of the spiritual coin where we go overboard in response to media. The best example I have is the Dan Brown book, The Da Vinci Code. It’s a book about how the Knights Templar, a Catholic military order, were formed to protect the lineage of Jesus Christ. What’s that? Jesus has a lineage? That means He had kids, right? So the gist of the book is The Church protected His marriage to Mary Magdalene and their children by keeping them out of Scripture and killing anybody they thought was a threat to this ‘secret’ being revealed. 

Persistent Reader: How was I not notified about this?

G,TPL*: Because THE TRUTH was squished out of Scripture!

Back to my point now. A pastor/writer/theologist for a national Bible institute declared The Da Vinci Code as THE greatest threat to Christianity. In ever. He said this book would pull innumerable Christians from the faith and confuse the rest as to what Jesus was all about leading them, ultimately, to desolation. I think any Christians who may have turned from their faith** because of this book were probably served poorly by their church leaders and friends in the first place. There are certainly those who’ve used this book to justify anti-Christian attitudes and convinced others that the Christian Church is a lie, a fairy tale, a whole bunch of hokum so they liked this book. In short, this book ought not be any threat to any Christian and a useless weapon used by others. How do I know this? Open up the book and in the first page or so it is listed as 

fiction.

 

John 10:27-38

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him,
32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” ’?
35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—
36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?
37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.
38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

 

*G,TPL = Grumpy, The Purging Lutheran

**Yes, Jesus says in John 10 that no one can snatch us from God’s hand. He protects us who want to be with Him. Yet we still have free will, a gift from God so we can’t be spiritual robots, and we have the option to turn away from Him. And the option to return. If Jesus says we need to forgive our enemies 70 x 7 times, how many more times will He forgive us for our mistakes?

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