Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Bravo... Bravo!!!

This Christmas my family and I finally got a chance to see “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, on the big screen and we all enjoyed the movie from start to finish. In fact, my only criticism, if you can call it that, was that I thought they could have made the movie longer, maybe about three hours instead of the actual two hours and twenty minutes. This would have given them a little more time to fill out some of the story, especially in the middle part of the film. But all that aside, it was great, and it is always better to have people saying they wish the movie was longer, than to have them say it was too long and they could have done without this or that!

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a movie that is definitely worth seeing and one that the whole family can enjoy although there are a few scenes that might frighten younger children depending on their temperaments and their previous exposure to movies of this sort. As a Christian, I was taken by the ingenious way that C.S. Lewis weaves the big themes of the gospel into the story he is telling. This is a story that resonates with human beings of all ages because we bear the image of God and consequently cannot help but be drawn to themes of paradise lost, the cold of winter, love, betrayal, gracious intervention, substitution, the triumph of good over evil and our deep inner awareness that there is much more to this life than we can see experience and know through our physical senses.

This movie is a superb example of what it means to redeem a powerful medium like cinematography. Unfortunately, some branches of Christianity seem to instinctively respond in a negative way towards new technologies as if the devil were responsible for radios, televisions, computers and the like. While it is true that the children of this world are often much quicker to perceive ways in which new technologies can be used to support and enhance their rebellion against God, that never means that Christians should think they are somehow standing for the truth by running and hiding from these developments. Rather we should see these innovations as opportunities to glorify God by taking them and using them in a way consistent with the full revelation of salvation that has come to us in the Lord Jesus Christ.

By the gracious providence of God we live at a point in world history where we have the ability to speak to people as never before, in all sorts of different ways. This is one reason why some of us are blogging. We can speak to anyone who has access to a computer, no matter where they live in the world, and no matter where we are located, about the truth as it is found in Jesus. This is not a time to be lamenting that the past is past and the world has changed; it is a time to ask the Lord of the harvest to open our eyes and to sanctify our imaginations so that we might do what we can with the time we have.

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