February 25, 2004
I am alive. I've been traveling a lot. I'm home for four days, and then I'm off again; to Japan. But this post is about someone who is not alive in a mortal sense.There's been a lot of talk and hype about the new movie, The Passion of Christ. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to see it or not, but I likely will. However, what I want to bring up is an interesting Op-Ed article in the NY Times talking about how the movie will force Christians to really look at their Christian beliefs.The article brings up the fact that many modern sects conveniently cleanse their religion of any troubling facts or suffering. You have people wearing large crosses around their necks as they exhibit absolutely no Christian traits. I don't mean to imply that Christians must be perfect, I mean, c'mon we're human, but the idea is try to live a Christ-like life. The movie will show people that Christ did suffer. He suffered immensely. He also did an incredible amount of good, and, as Christians generally believe, lived the perfect life.I thought this following paragraph was especially characteristic of today's filtered religions:
"Like Jeremiah, Jesus is a Jewish prophet rejected by the leaders of his own people, and abandoned by his handpicked disciples. Besides taking an awful beating, he is cruelly tempted to despair by a Satan whom millions of church-going Christians no longer believe in, and dies in obedience to a heavenly Father who, by today's standards, would stand convicted of child abuse. In short, this Jesus carries a cross that not many Christians are ready to share. "I think the author does a nice job of subtly pointing out the hipocrisy of many professed "believers." I know I'm guilty. Sure, I try to be good, but I don't think I'm near as exemplary as I should be.
Posted by charr at 8:12 PM
Amen and amen. All I could think of during the movie was how woefully short we all fall in living the gospel.
Cameron, I think we're all guilty because, honestly, no one is worthy of Christ's sacrifice.