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“Noah” movie review

Yesterday I went and watched “Noah”, and thought I’d share a little about it. Not that you probably want to read another review about it, that was one reason I went in the first place, I was sick of reading about what it was like and should’ve been like, with scathing and vitriolic reports and mixed reviews from anyone and everyone, all of which just made me want to see it for myself!

Right from the outset, when I knew who the director was when I knew the movie was being made, I knew it would not be a faithful depiction of the biblical account, and if anything, would be slightly ‘weird’. A couple of Darren Aronofsky’s other films, ‘Requiem for a Dream’, ‘Black Swan’, were films I haven’t seen, but knew enough to know his work is a little ‘out there’ and bit too ‘arthouse’ or just plain immoral for my liking.

In interviews regarding Noah, he quite clearly stated that this would be ‘the least biblical movie ever made’ and went to use an expletive about what he thought about what people thought about that fact. And again, another expletive in telling people to put aside their expectations of what the film would be like. ( Huffington Post 11/3/14).

This made my mind up about the kind reverence he would be giving to the biblical account, and I decided I probably wouldn’t be watching it in the cinemas…

What changed my mind was another interview I read. In this interview Aronofsky stated that a big part of the movie was he and his co-writer trying to narrow in on the term used in Genesis 6:9 that Noah was a righteous or just man. They set out in writing the script trying to answer that question. They came up with the ‘idea’ that to be ‘righteous’ is a perfect balance of justice and mercy. For them it was a story about finding the balance between God’s justice and His mercy. ( Christianity Today 25/3/14)

With that in mind, I wanted to see this played out from the perspective of non-believing directors, actors, and Hollywood in general. How does the world see God’s righteousness? And do they think it’s attainable? This was the question on my mind as I went to watch it. Not to critique the obvious and blatant misinterpretations of the biblical account. I’m not sure why we would expect non-believers to accurately portray what the Holy and Inspired Word of God says. They don’t believe, and are only interested in making art of a story they see as myth. It is not true for them, so they are not held captive to It’s ( The Bible’s) inerrancy, and we cannot hold them to what they are not convicted by. I think the criticisms leveled against it not holding to the biblical account, although true, are pointless arguments against people who couldn’t care less what the Bible actually says. So we take it for what it is, a movie made by secular Hollywood for secular entertainment, not for the edification of saints or upholding of biblical truth. That in mind, I also think some the critics have even been too harsh in that respect – it wasn’t a boring movie at all. The characters were well cast, and the script and plot were well written from an artistic perspective. It was well directed, and the best Aronofsky work I’ve seen – not that I have that much to compare it to admittedly! The special effects were spectacular – the ark is wonderfully ( & biblically!) depicted in it’s size and scale. The arrival of the animals is very well done, I loved that part especially.The flood itself ( clearly presented as global!) was visually enthralling, especially with the ‘fountains of the deep’ breaking forth. If I were scoring it as a ‘normal’ movie it would be 6.5 out 10, just purely basing it on quality of acting, directing, and effects without considering the contentious content!

Do we as Christians have to watch this? No, but we don’t have to watch any movie, but that’s another subject entirely! I think the main point to this whole thing is – how should Christians react to the movie’s message itself, seeing as it is portraying a biblical character, biblical themes, and God? Do we dismiss it entirely on the simple basis of it’s lack of reverence with handling the Word of God, or do we engage with it, seeing this is an opportunity to have discussions with those around us that are talking about it? People are talking about this movie. Non-Christians as well as Christians. I think this presents a unique opportunity to be honest, in being able to dialogue with unbelievers about not only the facts that are misrepresented, but even the themes that are clearly underlying the whole movie’s premise, that we are seeing the unbeliever’s perception of God’s righteousness, and to be honest, the writers/director did follow through with both ‘promises’ and premises mentioned in the articles above. It was an unbiblical movie about a character and story in the bible, but they also presented ( from an unbelievers’ perspective) a view of God’s justice and mercy.

***Spoiler Alert!!! Spoilers will follow for those who haven’t watched the movie & would like to!!******

Man’s wickedness and perversion is clearly presented. There is never any doubt left in your mind as to why mankind is being destroyed/punished. God’s judgement is clearly presented. They do not back down from either of those themes in the movie.

Noah is called by God build an ark {-with the help of ‘The Watchers’, because, apparently, it’s much more believable to have fallen angels who are effectively rock monsters aiding Noah and his family to build than to have Noah taking 120 years to build it….} to save the innocent. His struggle throughout the rest of the movie is in his definition of who/what is really innocent. Part way through you would think Noah was model for all modern green activists, ‘Save the animals = saving the planet’. Further along you will become increasingly disturbed as he takes a position of saying his family’s only responsibility was to protect and care for the animals in their care, then they would die out also.To the extent, when Noah discovers Shem’s wife is pregnant, he vows to kill the child if it is a girl. It’s twin girls***, which leaves him with quite the dilemma, and makes the climax of the whole movie, and the climax of Noah’s struggle of figuring out the balance between justice and mercy, and defining innocence and love.

***The wrong number of people get on the ark, ie, Noah, his wife, Shem and his wife ( who is barren but ‘grandfather’ Methuselah works some ‘healing’ for her and she conceives), Ham, Japtheth, and of course, appearing with full poetic license – Tubal-Cain, who smuggles his way into the ark and plots with wifeless and bitter Ham to do away with Noah out of revenge…Ham helps him survive and he eats some of the animals – one of which looks like a small reptilian creature ( dinosaur anyone?? -credit to one of the guys I watched it with picking that up!), but the right number get off the ark in the end.The manifest on the ark at arrival at destination listed – Noah and his wife, Shem and his wife, their twins daughters, and Ham and Japtheth.***

The perception I gleaned from their perceptions was that they seem to portray God as distant, inactive, and silent to questions and doubts and cries for Him to reveal Himself. They paint a picture of God being made up of mostly judgement and justice, and just a little hint of mercy thrown in. In the end of the movie, I would say that mercy does indeed triumph over judgement, but there is so much left open for interpretation and misinterpretation in this also, but again this is only because these are unbelievers presented God through their lens of unbelief.

Shem’s wife and Noah have one of the closing scenes about him not choosing to kill her daughters because he looked at them and ‘only love filled his heart’. He feels he has failed God in not fulfilling all He desired, allowing them to live, and having his family hate him for even thinking of doing such a thing. This burden of thinking he has failed, but also that he built an ark that ultimately only saved himself and his family while so many were destroyed for nothing because wickedness is in all men, and would now live on because he has had grandchildren, this leads him to the drunkenness ( here the movie suddenly gets ‘slightly’ biblical! the only way to work in the nakedness into a hollywood movie I guess! Genesis 9:20-23). Shem’s wife points out to him that God clearly chose him, knowing he ( Noah ) would complete the task, and knowing he would choose innocence and love over destruction and personal vendetta. That God has meant for the only beings made in His image to continue as a race and to start again with them.

All these themes give us a unique and timely insight into our ( western) culture’s perceptions of God and how He relates to mankind. If you watch this movie, watch it for these themes alone if you must, and you will glean some helpful insight.

It’s an opportunity I believe for us as believers to dialogue with this starting point they have given us, a way to speaking into the questions people have in regards to God and answering them in Jesus. Here is a ‘blockbuster’ movie that people are going to watch in great numbers that explicitly speaks of God as Creator, as mankind being accountable to Him, and that He requires righteousness of His created beings in order for them to be accepted into relationship with Him.

A great conversation you could have with someone in regards to this movie, or even for your own heart, it to ask….Do you really think God is silent and inactive, just a distant judge who doesn’t interact with His greatest Creation? Both Noah and Tubal-Cain plead with God to answer them, and act based on their own drive for power and control ( Tubal-Cain), or on their own instincts and interpretations of personal righteousness ( Noah) when God doesn’t answer. Even ‘The Watchers’ are on earth because they thought God wasn’t involved enough with mankind and they wanted to ‘help’, but they were cursed by God and they were bound by the very earth they came to ‘save’.

Well,the God of the Bible, and the God of our own lives, has revealed Himself. He is not inactive or silent. He has spoken. We have His Word. He has acted. He did get intimately involved with His Creation. He saw it’s predicament, and provided a way for it’s redemption. For perfect righteousness to be attained by all those made in His image. He sent Someone to help and to deliver, Someone Who came willingly, and couldn’t be cursed by what He what He would encounter, but at the same time, would become the curse for all who would look to Him. A Saviour. A Deliverer, Who not only saves us, but buys us back to make us what we were made to be, children of God, living in His mercy and love, declared innocent despite our guilt. How? Who? Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who came down for us. More than this, we don’t just have the Word of God, we don’t just have stories about God, we have The Word of God made flesh. His truth came and lived among us.This is another story in the Bible, but it is THE story that all the other stories point to. We know Noah’s story is true because the story of Jesus and the Gospel is true, and Noah’s Ark points us to the Cross of Jesus, and the new life of mankind after the flood points us to the new life we can have when we place our faith in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, who died for our sins, and rose again from the dead to grant us redemption and peace with God.

God’s judgement is a sure as His mercy. There is not just a ‘little bit’ of mercy with God. It is abundant, steadfast, immeasurable. The truth of it all it that God’s justice and mercy meet perfectly in Jesus Christ, and the result is righteousness for those who believe in Him and profess Him as Lord.

“Surely His salvation is nigh them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from the heaven. Yes, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before Him; and shall set us in the way of His steps” Psalm 85:9-13 KJV

Yes, as many have said, rightly so, that good old line when it comes to movie adaptions of books, – “ The book was much better”. It is certainly true with Noah. But Noah’s story is more than just in Genesis, and we shouldn’t leave people there either. Not only can we lead them to considering the Gospel of Jesus, but the direct testimony of Noah in another New Testament scripture – Hebrews 11:7.

“ By faith, Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” ESV

We can follow Noah’s example. (The biblical Noah, that is!) Listen to what God has said and revealed to you through His Word, and His action in your life. Listen to His warning. Be reverent in fear and awe of Him, and choose to accept His salvation that is available rather than following the world to destruction and condemnation. Noah was made righteous by His faith in God and God’s Redeemer. We can also have that kind of righteousness. Not by spending our lives trying to figure out if we are living the right way, making the right choices, and constantly second-guessing ourselves as to whether we have the right balance of justice and mercy in and of ourselves. Just believe that Jesus has provided all that you need for access to righteousness that doesn’t need your own efforts.

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“Exodus: Gods & Kings” movie review

I recently went to see “Exodus: Gods & Kings” , and although much has already been said about this movie, and other recent and upcoming attempts by Hollywood to interpret Scripture, I thought I’d note a few thoughts, not just as a review, as you can get one of those anywhere, but as more of an observation of the movie and the ongoing way we as Christians can engage with a culture that still has an interest in the Bible, and also for those who have seen the movie, and either wondered what the fuss is all about, or whether any of the Bible is true at all..

Unlike the recent “Noah” movie, with Russell Crowe, rock monsters, and the like, I purposely approached this movie quite differently. ( https://letthewordreveal.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/noah-movie-review/)  I did not read any reviews of it, and didn’t get around to watching until several weeks after it had been released. There didn’t seem to be as much uproar about this Exodus movie, but then again, I think a lot of people had fired all barrels at Noah, so nothing was left to say.

Both Noah and Moses deserve much more attention than we give them in our society, and church would do very well to actually study out their impact and importance in God’s plan for human history. Both accounts deserve to be preserved as they are recorded for us in God’s Word. They are there for our benefit, and we twist, ignore, or dismiss to our peril if we are to fully understand God’s revealed Word and truth.

Going to watch Exodus, I was not expecting a biblically accurate story, and my expectations were met.

I also expected a “better” movie than Noah, simply because of the cast and director involved. I expected a very entertaining, action-packed, suspenseful movie that was well directed and a cast that would play their roles extremely well. ( The moment I heard Batman would be playing Moses, I was keen to see how that would go down…) On that point, my expectations were also met.

I like Ridley Scott’s films. Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Robin Hood, would all be among some of my favourite movies.

I like Christian Bale as an actor.The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige, The Fighter, 3:10 To Yuma, The Machinist,… He was also very, very, very good as Batman…if I hadn’t already said so…

That said, no matter how good I think the director will be, or how much I like Batman, this is a biblical story we are dealing with here, and none of these people ( that I’m aware of ) are believers.

This is a bible story, one of the most pivotal ones at that, being told by Hollywood. It’s not going to be all that great, no matter the other factors. It will be irreverent, even blasphemous in some way…it will be human, in other words, and very uninspired, even if it is artistic expression.

When non-believers tell a story that is so integral to Christian faith, we cannot expect them to get it right. Someone I saw it with summed it up well, “We cannot expect them to portray the appropriate glory and reverence for our God.”

So what happens when you have a non-Christian tell the story of one of the greatest and most influential biblical heroes we have?

Many things happen. Some surprising, some almost predictable…

Some of these things you can expect when Batman plays Moses, there will be a lot of good action, some clever character development and deeper themes that leave you guessing what the director really intended all along…

Moses in this movie is not the Moses we read of in Scripture. There are some similarities, but the real Moses appears about as much Bruce Wayne’s parents do in The Dark Knight series…

He is raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, after his sister Miriam brings him to her attention, and is a prince in Pharaoh’s house.

The relationship between Moses and ‘Ramses’ ( excellently played by Joel Edgerton), his cousin, who becomes Pharaoh, is by far the most interesting plot line in the movie, which says a lot for the rest of the material…

The journey they both take through the movie, from scepticism to faith ( Moses) and from integrity to depravity ( Ramses) is well portrayed.

But we’re here for Moses…

He kills a couple of Egyptians guards, and flees to Midian only when Ramses, in an act of mercy, banishes him for being a Hebrew rather than killing him.

Off in Midian, Moses gets married, has a son, and is a shepherd, and all the way along, from the courts of Pharaoh, to the desert of Midian, Moses is an ardent skeptic, atheist even. He mocks the priestess of the gods in Egypt, and pokes fun at his wife’s faith also. It’s all unreasonable, and foolish to him.

That all changes one day on the mountain when he falls and is hit on the head by a rock.

This leads to him seeing a burning bush, and having God speak to him, manifested as a young boy with a very serious and even petulant demeanour…

No staff, no leprosy, no assurances of God going with him and Aaron speaking for him, just a command to go back and see his people because “ I am” said so.

After some recovery, Moses sets off back to Egypt, much to the disgust of Zipporah ( his wife), who asks what sort of god would demand he leave his family behind…he sets off very begrudgingly, and with his weapons of choice, quite pointedly leaving his staff behind with his son, Gershom, taking along his ever present sword…

Back in Egypt, he sets about trying to release the people of Israel by training them in guerrilla warfare and then raiding Egyptian supply ships and generally trying to lead a revolt.

This doesn’t turn out so well, as Pharaoh cracks down and Moses is left to question God in one of many encounters, he airs his frustration about leaving his family behind while God does nothing to help, and that Moses is sick of “ Dealing with a messenger” , which for me may be an indicator that this manifestation of God was not really meant to be God, just a messenger. Another theory about why God is portrayed as a young boy becomes more poignant after the Passover, but maybe I am reading too much into it…

God then tells Moses to just “watch”…(which is disappointing for those of us waiting to hear Batman say “ LET MY PEOPLE GO…!” to which we would hope that “joker” Ramses would respond “ Poor choice of words!”…..) and what follows with a depiction of the plagues is the highlight of the movie for me, being the most biblically accurate part of all.

The climax of the passover is extremely well done, portraying the very human loss and reality of it all, while depicting the obedience of the Israelites…

Moses, still somewhat skeptical, but now a little believing, has a bet both ways in maybe the most poignant line of the movie, “Pity the lambs if I am wrong. If I am right, we will bless them for all eternity.”

I’m not sure if the scriptwriter knew just how deep that line really was, but it summed up the movie well for me. “ This God-stuff could be right or wrong, but there’s no harm in trying, and if it goes pear-shaped, we’ll blame Him. If it goes right, we’ve done well!”

There is also something else underlying this very important Passover scene, where the people of Israel are indeed saved by the blood of the lamb, and when Moses informs a grieving and very mad Ramses that no Hebrew firstborn died that night, all seems to come to a point of final climax.

Moses now, it seems, truly believes, and Pharaoh and all of Egypt are truly judged by a just God.

God had not forgotten His people, and He had heard their cry, as the opening credits note…He delivered them from slavery, by bringing justice in an unimaginable way.

Pharaoh asks, along with all those who have ever questioned God, why would anyone believe in a God Who does such a thing?

We wonder at injustice in the death of the innocent, but just as Pharaoh ignored his own errors and the injustice subjugating a whole people and race for 400 years in slavery, we ignore the depraved nature of our own hearts, what we are capable of and what we have done.

We’re not as bad as the next person, we say in defence, and we would say we are better than God, because at least we don’t kill innocent babies and children for crimes others have committed.

We want a God who is truly just, but completely forgiving at the same time. If He is not, they we cannot and will not believe in Him, in fact, we would pit ourselves against him, as Ramses does in this movie – calling himself a god.

We want to be God. We want to decide what is right and wrong, but we can’t be God anymore than Ramses could, even with all his power and control. We can’t be God because we cannot die for our own sins, let alone for the sins of the whole world.

But this God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Israel and the real Moses, is not an unjust, cruel, petulant bully who seeks revenge on anyone who gets on His bad side.

He is not a grumpy child who stamps his foot when His feelings get hurt.

He is the One and Only God. Creator, Sustainer, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Eternal, Omni-Presence One. The Sovereign Ruler. The Everlasting Father, Who gave His Only Son, The Lamb of God.

It’s hard to be objective when we look at injustice of any kind. When we perceive God as being unjust we not just lacking objectivity, we are lacking a correct understanding of Who God is and how He operates.

Even for the things that we don’t understand about God and His actions, we can be confident that God will never do wrong, never be unjust.

The guarantee we have of this is the Cross, the greatest act of injustice that ever occurred.

Pharaohs son’s death may have been an innocent death, but his father’s sins condemned him to death, and the death of God’s Son proves it was anything but unjust.God the Father gave His Son freely, without price, just all of grace. The suffering and death of the Eternal Son of God answers the questions we have no words for. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God offered for the sins of the whole world is the Lamb we will bless and praise for all eternity…

Back to the movie…

The culmination at the Red Sea only raises eyes in disbelief where it strays from the original, which if they had stuck with that, it would’ve been far more believable and awe-inspiring.

The “parting” is “kind of” miraculous and “mostly” supernatural, and Moses’ faith leads the people through on “mostly” dry ground…

When all are safely across, and Pharaoh has charged after them, we are left to wonder why Moses and Ramses need one final show down while the massive waves build again to wipe them both out…

As dramatic as it is, is seems very unbelievable that anyone would survive the deluge…but it wouldn’t be Hollywood without a suspension of disbelief…

There’s a brief glimpse the tablets and some instructions being given by God on the mount, and Moses dutifully being a scribe to record the laws that will guide the people of Israel after Moses dies, which was an interesting note to finish on, but it does close on the truth Moses spoke to God as man speaks to his friend.

Moses was a friend of God, a prophet of God, and the meekest man who ever lived.

Moses was many things, but he was a man, and that fact is something the movie portrays well. It doesn’t portray his faith all that well, until the end…Scripture summarises better for us who he really was and what really happened.

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. Hebrews 11:23-29

If we are left with any impressions about what kind man Moses Hollywood thinks we should believe in, we may be a little confused, but we would have the biblical hero we deserve.

At the end of ‘The Dark Knight’, Gordon tells his son that Batman has to take the blame for Harvey “Two-Face” Dent’s errors and be a fugitive, because he is the hero Gotham deserves. Someone misunderstood, hunted, hiding in the shadows.

With Moses in this movie, the bottom line will be that we will get the ‘biblical’ hero we as a entertainment – obsessed, post-Christian society deserves. A selfish, some time atheistic, mostly agnostic doubter, who leans on his sword rather than his staff, who relies on his own understanding, experience and ability rather than the revealed Word of God.

We are left with the kind of Moses you would expect when we let someone tell a story they don’t really believe. When what has been recorded isn’t enough. When God’s Word isn’t enough, we will have a society that reinterprets the bible to suit itself.

A bible with a God whose love is separated from His justice. Whose mercy is moody.

A bible with human heroes that need a knock on the head so they can start a journey of faith rather than being chosen by God’s grace.

“Exodus:Gods & Kings” is a movie that misses the real God and substitutes with our perception of God. We are left with a fickle, moody, and confusing God rather than an Eternal, Gracious, and Mysterious One.

At one point, Pharaoh declares himself to be god, hence the plural title. But even Pharaoh with all his glory and vindication isn’t great in the end of this Hollywood movie. Even a skewed version of our God trumps pretenders.
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We would do well to stop and consider what offends us as believers about this Hollywoodising of God and His Word.

It is right that we would be offended, it is a very twisted and wrong portrayal, but I’m not entirely sure all our energy should be spent on simply calling fellow Christians to boycott movies such as this. There are many more to come in the not too distant future. ( Cain & Abel with Will Smith is in the works, along with Brad Pitt doing Pontus Pilate, and Ridley Scott is rumoured to next take on biblical character, King David ).

Telling other believers not to watch these is all well and good,and they certainly aren’t edifying, especially for new believers or immature Christians who don’t have a full understanding of God’s Word, but Hollywood will still make these movies, because there are more people out there than just Christians who are watching them.

The world is watching them, and the world is also watching us for how we respond.

How will we answer?

Not watching is a valid response. You certainly won’t missing anything if you don’t watch them.

Watching with understanding, being wise as serpents and gentle as doves is another response.

How can a believing Christian go and watch a movie that undermines the Bible, whether directly and purposely or indirectly and by mistaken poetic licence you may ask?

Its easy, we should already know that God has already had the last word. His Word will endure forever, and not one iota, not one dot, will pass away.

Hollywood can really do nothing to the eternal Word of God, and I am of the opinion, rightly or wrongly, depending on your individual context and conscience, that we should seek to redeem these opportunities to speak out truth with love to a world that entertains itself with half-truths and outright lies.

If we can’t engage with a post-Christian culture that is feeding itself on modern interpretations of biblical stories right here and now in the moment, then when else can we?

The greatest truth of God’s Sovereignty over all things, including satan and evil, is that evil is only ever allowed to the extent it will defeat it’s own purpose.

Satan sought to get Job to curse God, so he attacked him ( within God’s boundary and with His permission ), and took all he had. In the end, Job praised God and satan’s intentions were defeated.

On the Cross, no doubt satan rejoiced as he saw the Son of God being killed by men. But that was satan’s greatest defeat.

Why would we think this is any different? I have no doubt that satan intends evil with the propaganda of Hollywood twisting Scripture, but we should know, if we are trusting in a Sovereign God, that anything satan intends for evil, God will work for good to those who are called according to His name.

As believers, the only thing we have to fear about movies like this is that we ourselves may have made the same mistake of Hollywood. That we would think God’s revealed Word is not enough, that we need to “do” something to make sure God will not die and His Word will endure.

We do need to preach the Word, and we must do it faithfully. But we are called to so in season, out of season. Becoming all things to all men that by any means, we might reach some. It’s a high and costly calling, one that may mean we will go places we would rather not, but in knowing that our God is greater than whatever lies are out there, we seize opportunities to spread the truth of the Gospel.

Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love…the former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely… What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that, I rejoice. ( Philippians 1:15-18).

Point out the error, by all means. But be sure to know the error, the full error, in it’s context, so you can more accurately direct people to the truth.

Give them the hero they don’t deserve, but by God’s grace, have access to all the same…

Give them Jesus.

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