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Scoot: Christians criticizing "Noah" movie need to lighten up

The new movie “Noah,” based on the Biblical story of Noah and his ark opens nationwide this Friday, March 28 and criticism of the movie has now drawn criticism of the criticism!

Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Russell Crowe, who stars in the movie, called some of the criticism “just the assumption of what it could be, or how bad it could be, or how wrong it could be in their eyes, which I think quite frankly is bordering on absolute stupidity.”


Why are some Christians so quick to base condemnation on assumption?

The tendency to criticize any movies based on history seems to be gaining popularity. and when a movie is based on Biblical history, the criticism includes charges of blasphemy and feeds into the general belief that Hollywood is too secular and on a crusade to destroy Christianity.  But the criticism should lose all credibility when it is inspired by assumption rather than actually viewing the movie. Russell Crowe is right. Criticism based on assumption is absolute stupidity.

Regardless of any legitimate reasons for Christians to be sensitive about attacks on their faith, the sensitivity to Christianity being used in entertainment projects an overly-protective mentality that leads to a reluctance to ever reference the faith.

In an op-ed article on FoxNews.com, Christian Pastor Craig Gross writes, “It’s embarrassing to belong to a faith that attracts a group of people who always have to be right, and when something pushes them just a bit, they want to shut it down or keep people away.”

And for those Christians who are overly-sensitive to criticism of Christians – I am only referring to those Christians that possess a myopic view of their faith. If the Bible were written today those same overly-sensitive Christians would probably be critical of many of the parables and stories that Jesus told in order to convey his message to the people.  I am certain there would be much criticism of using the example of a prostitute to make the point that we are all sinners!

Through social media, critical assumptions quickly turn into hysteria over attacks on the Christian faith. “Noah” opens Friday and I plan to see it over the weekend and will talk about it next week on “The Scoot Show” on WWL, but unlike those Christians who are condemning the movie before seeing it – I will wait to see it before I comment on the actual content and message of the movie.

Some have criticized “Noah” for carrying a message about climate change. When did movie-makers lose the right to add political or social commentary to movies? It’s a movie – so what if it has a message about climate change?

When there was criticism of using Jesus as a character in a skit on “Saturday Night Live” about NFL player Tim Tebow, I sarcastically started a new campaign on the air – “Keep Christ in Comedy!” Obviously, there are limits, but if Christ or if the Christian faith are injected into various aspects of pop culture entertainment – how can that be perceived as a bad thing?  Getting people to think and talk is always beneficial.

Craig Gross also writes in his op-ed article, “I recently saw ‘The Book of Mormon,’ the Broadway musical. It is outrageous, irreverent and flat-out hysterical.  There is a reason it’s setting records all over the country. I didn’t know much about the Mormon faith, but I’ll tell you this: I have a better understanding and more interest in it after watching this play.” Gross continued, “Imagine what would happen if, instead of a heated debate about “Noah,” you just had people from all walks of the Christian faith get behind Hollywood for telling these great stories of faith.”

Russell Crowe said “You come out of this movie and you want to talk…about our stewardship of the earth, our relationship to animals, what is spirituality, who am I in this world – all these fantastic subjects for conversation. Art that can do that for people and it is a wonderful thing.”

It is about time we Christians unite and denounce those among us who have become insecure and overly-protective of the faith – to the point of trying to stop the use of Christianity in entertainment - which inspires meaningful conversations among us all!

Do you think movies about Biblical stories must strictly adhere to the actually stories in the Bible?  And are Christians wrong to condemn references to Christianity in entertainment?  Give us your comments!


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03/26/2014 7:20PM
Scoot: Christians piling on "Noah" movie
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03/26/2014 7:32PM
liberals
scoot you worship actors of liberal Hollywood and because you follow their agenda you are very closed minded
03/26/2014 8:15PM
Christian Hypocrites
To many styles of Christians. You have to be into their Christian click or you or ousted like a leopard
03/26/2014 8:18PM
Really....how can you defend what you haven't seen yet?
Ok Scoot let's go the opposite route. I haven't seen it and I'm not criticizing it but how can you defend it when you haven't seen it either. Sounds to me like your just as usual taking up for the liberal Hollyweird elite that youthink your part of. I hope it's a good movie and I don't really care what the message is but I'm not going to get on my high horse and defend it if I haven't seen it yet. That's an agenda.
03/26/2014 8:31PM
Leave Christianity alone
Shouldn't the folks producing these Christian stories be Christian.To me why would someone not of a particular faith want to tell the story of another faith.Maybe to distort or criticize?
03/26/2014 8:41PM
grow up
you try an act like a hip liberal like Ellen but you must be at least 75 by the looks of your picture. Why not start a gay nursing home
03/27/2014 6:43AM
Lighten up
Hollywood uses creative license to make a storyline more appealing to the masses. If you don't want to see it don't!! Stop being so close- minded. Jesus was not close-minded!! He was the greatest liberal that ever lived. He taught us about love. And to live everyone is to be open-minded. If it offends you don't see it. It's that simple. Your negativity will get you nowhere!! I'm going to see it. I'm going to keep an open mind about it and enjoy it!! One Love!!
03/27/2014 7:53AM
happyshirl
Some nut has to comment on your looks. I think you are right on with this one. good work.
03/27/2014 2:10PM
I agree, Scoot.
Good post, 'Lighten up'
03/27/2014 6:14PM
Applauding Scoot
Simply having the ability to talk to people about a story that originates from the Bible itself is such a privilege. When I see that a director is going to take some liberties, its ok- as long as we begin to learn what can be learned. I focused on what we could learn from the story here: http://htl.li/v5sVV
03/27/2014 11:53PM
Germs
You ay you like the French quarter there is no place as filthy and germ ridden
03/28/2014 8:28PM
Confederate flag
Part of our heritage. Nothing wrong with it
03/28/2014 10:37PM
MOVIE: NOAH
BIBLICALLY INCORRECT. IT IS A FICTION MOVIE WITH TRUTH HERE AND THERE THAT IS RECORDED IN THE BIBLE. EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN'T USE THE NAME GOD, IT DID USE THE NAME (CREATOR) WHO IS GOD AND CREATOR OF ALL THINGS. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND CHRISTIANS TO INVEST IN THIS MOVIE ESPECIALLY IF THEY THINK IT IS BIBLICALLY ACCURATE. IT IS FAR FROM IT.
03/28/2014 10:41PM
MOVIE: NOAH
IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ACCURATE VERSION OF NOAH, READ IT FROM THE HOLY BIBLE.
03/29/2014 10:27AM
Scoot is NOT a Christian. He trashes Christians all the time ...
Scooter is a gay activist. The movie Noah will have some nice special effects but it was made to mock Christians while getting them to fork over their money to see it.
03/29/2014 12:28PM
Scooter try to get some rest ....
Staying up all night watching reruns of Obama speeches is not good. An eréction lasting longer than four hours is not healthy.
03/29/2014 12:31PM
Scoot is WWL’s attempt at diversity.
He is a time filler when few are listening. He is a useful tool nothing more.
03/31/2014 1:27AM
noah.
Saw the movie. Not what I expected. :-( wouldn't recommend it to my family and friends to watch!
03/31/2014 6:42PM
scooter
probably loved the movie. He has a crush on Russel Crowe and the Hollywood deviants
04/12/2014 10:58PM
Noah and Christianity
Stop it! Noah lived way before Jesus was born. This story has nothing to do with Christians. People who believe or don't believe in God. You forget that the Old Testament is read by Jews and others.
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