Saturday, April 29, 2006
Defending the Bible? Come on.
The Da Vinci Code has the Christian world rocking these days.
I confess. I read the book when it was first published. I found it fascinating fiction. Most interesting. A real page turner! And, I didn't think much about it, except to recommend it as a "good read" to family and friends.
Then, the church got involved, big time.
Dan Brown appeared on NBC's Today Show earlier this week. His formal statement was interesting. He pointed out that the Bible had successfully withstood almost 1500 years of attack, and he didn't have much reason to think a fiction writer such as himself posed much of a threat to the good book today.
I think he got that about right.
Frankly, I don't know what all the fuss is about.
Why are Christians and churches upset by Dan Brown's creative cliffhanger?
It's fiction, already!
Why be so upset about attacks on a book that only a small percentage of its purported adherents take all that seriously for the most part anyway?
Here's an idea.
Until we read the Bible and begin to act on what it clearly and unequivocally declares about poverty, injustice, oppression, wealth, materialism, compassion, love, forgiveness, mercy, immigrants, welcoming sinners and embracing with tenderness all who suffer, let's just lay off Dan Brown and his book.
[Editorial note: I have a very good friend who is all the time telling me that you can use the Bible to prove just about anything. He has a point. It is a diverse book. So, let's stick to the really clear stuff, okay?]
The Bible really doesn't need defenders. Its truth is best authenticated in the lives of those who read it and take it to heart.
The Bible needs people who will read it and pursue its major themes with all their hearts. You know the "red letter" type stuff, that, if followed could actually change the world.
Once we get to the end of that, then we can worry about what the artists of the day might be saying.
What do you think?
As for me, I'm looking forward to the movie.