19 May 2006

Stay Sharp!

The DaVinci Code opens in theatres today amidst much talk from both the Hollywood crowds (as happens with any blockbuster) and the Christian community (as happens with any blockbuster that happens to touch on the fundamentals of their faith).

Before jumping into the heart of this post, I encourage you to read a previous post of mine on the general topic of profanity and blasphemy in some of the music and literature that I consider to be among my favorites, which briefly addresses The DaVinci Code. For those of you short on time, here's the digest version: I believe that what I consume is a matter of personal conviction from the Living God based on where I'm at in my spiritual journey. As such, I'm not a big fan of blanket statements from those in authority telling all Christians across the nation to avoid a certain book or movie.

Given this, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I implore Christians leaders to refrain from supporting widespread boycotts of the film. More importantly, I plead with fellow Christians to exercise caution and avoid jumping on misinformed, judgmental bandwagons that are merely cloaked in Christianity.

Leonardo da Vinci is credited with making the following comment about maintaining mental sharpness: "Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind."

What's the state of your mind today? Exercised it lately? Or do you continue to exclusively feed at the breast of a select group of Christian leaders -- either local or national? Read Hebrews 5:13-14. I'm pretty sure that passage points to the fact that the Christian life is about personally growing in knowledge so that we can learn to choose the right path. Our lives shouldn't be about others choosing for us, and then forcing those choices on us under the guise of "proper Christian living". I sincerely believe that if you truly seek the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind, He will bless you with knowledge that will equip you to make your own life choices. Free your mind of the status quo, ask God for direction and pray for Spirit-led decisions. Stay sharp!

Oh yeah, back to The DaVinci Code...I highly recommend the novel and I'm looking forward to seeing the film -- it's fictional entertainment at its best! And don't even get me started on the topic of "protecting" non-believers from being exposed to the fictional elements portrayed in the novel/film that contradict Biblical truths. Instead, let's focus our time and energy on praying for all non-believers, including the guy who will walk into a Hindu temple tonight and discover something there that is initially alluring to his soul. Or the teenage girl who is so caught up in the lies of this world concerning beauty that she literally starves herself to be thin.

2 comments:

Cales said...

Well-said Troy. I also have learned a great deal from a quote from your previous post. In direct reference to the DaVinci Code you said….

“As for the DaVinci Code, I certainly don’t buy into the conspiracy theory presented therein, but the fictional, pseudo-historical-drama is a masterpiece of writing by Dan Brown. On a more practical note, how could I ever have an informed discussion with anyone about the theories presented in the novel without first reading it?”

What stuck out to me most is when you said “how could I ever have an informed discussion with anyone about the theories presented in the novel without first reading it?”. What a brilliant statement. It made me think of another good friend of ours that is learning what he can about the nation of Islam just to be able to have a more powerful ministry and witness to muslims when challenged by those who believe in the Islamic faith.

When we allow ourselves to be lead by the Holy Spirit and give our full trust to God He opens up our mind and spirit in such a way that we become used by Him in many ways. All of those ways may not always be condoned by man’s way of thinking or the church for that matter. So I agree with you when you said….

“I sincerely believe that if you truly seek the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind, He will bless you with knowledge that will equip you to make your own life choices. Free your mind of the status quo, ask God for direction and pray for Spirit-led decisions. Stay sharp!”

Amen! If we stay sharp, than the deceit of the Devil will not pusuade us away from the truth and knowledge of Jesus Christ. By learning more about what this world wants to believe, promote, or accept, we become better equiped as a disciple and witness of Christianity to those that need to see the Light through their darkness. By understanding the ways of the world we as Christians can reach the world in a more powerful way.

Much Love,
In Jesus,
Cales.

troy. said...

Thanks for sounding off Cales!

Okay...so I saw the film Saturday nite. Not to sound cliched, but the book was better.

However, there's some good stuff to discuss. As always, the forum is open! Your thoughts are welcome.