3/8/14

"Son of God" Great Effort for Burnett and Downey


Diogo Morgado in "Son of God"

For me, the portrayal of Jesus by Diogo Morgado in this film is what
makes it great. He was human and vulnerable and above all cared for and
loved others far above his love of self.

When Morgado "beheld" anyone in the film, you get a sense that he
really did care and there was always the chemistry that comes from a
believing Christian actor. This is hard to fake.

Some Christians are down on the film and are questioning Burnett and
Downey's sincerity and calling them new agers or worse.

Many Christians have been complaining (sometimes with good reason)
about the "cheese factor" in what are called "Christian Films." This
film is not perfect by any means, but it is a very good effort and it
should be celebrated.

It is so easy to tear down and destroy good things when they don't
exactly fit one's mold. Films are arguments and this argues a point of
view seldom seen in Hollywood.

So, I am impressed and thankful for Burnett and Downey (whatever their motives) for their tireless and excellent effort.

You Christians out there who are bashing "Son of God" should be
ashamed.  It is well within the ballpark of traditional Christian art and expression!

I humbly suggest that you try making a film. You will find how
very difficult it is and you too will get "shot at" by your own as you
lift your head above the comfort of your foxhole.

Thankfully, the tragedy that happened to "End of the Spear" (2005,
about missionaries who were killed as they literally save a tribe in
Ecuador from extinction) will not happen to this film (EOTS was
torpedoed by many due to the activism of the lead actor). What a waste
for such a powerful film.

As the Christian community goes out to see (what is better termed as)
Christian Worldview Films, then more money will be spent to satisfy
what could and should become a "reliable audience." If that can happen
then this type of film will continue to improve.

The Bible is very clear, with good or bad motives the important thing
is the message and this film is certainly promoting a lively and needed
discussion.

In the Bible, Paul wrote about motives of those sharing the Gospel in
Philippians 1:15-18 (NIV) "It is true that some preach Christ out of
envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of
love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The
former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing
that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what
does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from
false motives or true, Christ is preached."

1 comment:

Ann A. said...

AMEN ... and AMEN!! Very well said, John!