This coming weekend the movie “The Da Vinci Code” will be playing in movie theaters all across the United States and around the world. Dan Brown’s book has struck a nerve with some of the evangelical Christians. In fact, there are a lot of Christians that are going to boycott this movie. If you have been watching the news lately, you will find many stories from India to France and many other countries where Christians are protesting the release of the movie. The days leading up to the premiere have prompted many hunger strikes and calls for boycotts.
Now, here are some interesting things to think about:
1) How many times have censorship and boycotts caused the opposite effect to happen? In this case, won’t this cause more people to see the movie out of curiosity? In some ways, it is defeating the purpose that the people have set out to accomplish.
2) People of influence are people who can take a negative thing and use it in an advantageous way – bottom line is that they usually have a different perspective on things. Maybe instead of seeing this movie as a negative thing, we can see the enormous opportunities that Christians will have to share Christ. When else are we going to be able to talk about Christ and Christianity with our co-workers and classmates without being label “a fanatic”? When else are we going to have this kind of marketing opportunity to share Christ – remember the facts: the book has sold 40+ million copies, the movie is being produced by Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, Tom Hanks is starring in this movie, Ron Howard is the director… hmmm.
3) When we understand one of the premises of the movie, we will see how it becomes fuel for the fire (for the other side). One of the premises is about how the Church has withheld information from the public for centuries and how some things in Christianity are based on conspiracies and lies. Now THINK with me for a moment – if a person holds to this premise, then what do you think they will be thinking when Christians are trying really hard to stop this movie from premiering all over the world? Simply put: by trying to hinder this movie from showing, it just reinforces the belief that we, as Christian have something to hide.
Yes, I understand all the misinformation that Dan Brown has used in his book. Yes, I understand that people without a strong foundation of the Truth might be led to believe in some of the distortions. But over the years, there are some things that I have learned about Truth. First of all, Truth will always prevail. Secondly, you cannot hide the Truth. Lastly, if people are genuinely seeking the Truth, they will have enough convincing evidence to make a decision that will change the course of their destiny.
Here are some verses I have been thinking about:
• Ps 145:18, “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
• Jn 3:21, “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light”
• Jn 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
• 2 Co 13:8, “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.”
• 1 Ti 2:3-4, “God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”