Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the movie The DaVinci Code is being released in theaters very soon. The book (which I read–and enjoyed–a couple of years ago), and now the movie, have created a hot-bed of controversy about who Jesus (and thus the Church) was and is. As a result, it seems that nearly everything that could be said about this book has already been said, by people much smarter than I am.
So why am I blogging about it today? Mainly, to point you to this site–a reasoned and well-researched response to many of the issues the book raises. I urge you to look through it as time allows. Carol, at She Lives, also writes an excellent post on the subject.
I am neither a theologian nor an art historian. I’m a regular old Bible-believing, book-loving, movie-watching Joe Schmoe. But I have enough good sense not to obtain legal advice from a John Grisham novel or couple’s therapy from Danielle Steele’s latest bestseller. And I know that Dan Brown is an author, not a theologian, and he is not my resource for knowledge about the Church, or the Bible, or Jesus.
If you’re reading this, and you aren’t sure about who Jesus is or is not, please let me urge you to go the source. Recognize a good fictional book as just that: fiction. Talk to someone who really, truly knows Him before you decide you can’t. Has the Church handled everything in history with perfect grace? No. But I know that you can draw a straight line with a crooked stick, and that the Church isn’t perfect, but God is.
If you do know and love Christ, remember that we don’t have to get hot under the collar when others misunderstand us. In fact, we’re told to expect it. All we can do is speak the truth, in love.
I’d be interested to hear others’ thoughts on the matter, though please, let’s keep it civil.