Challies nails it about what to think regarding the upcoming Evan Almighty film. No wonder he is writing a book on discernment! Challies.com should be a daily read for all blog readers.
These words from Challies summarize my own thoughts about whether I will see Evan Almighty or not:
And this is exactly why I will not go and watch Evan Almighty. If I go, I know I will laugh. I will laugh at things that are meant to be funny but which are actually dead serious. Only later will I realize what I've done. The genre of film will reduce my defenses and allow me to laugh at things that may be blasphemous or vulgar or otherwise unbiblical. So, like Bruce Almighty, I'll just stay away even though part of me really would love to see this one.So, I could see Evan Almighty because I like the lead actor and I know I would laugh a ton. But that is just not a good enough reason for me!
Christians are proving that they are ripe for the picking and that they will shell over money for just about any project deemed "Christian." Of course the film's official site has no mention of the programs they've developed for Christians (though they do provide links to environmental programs). The people marketing the film want to have it both ways: they want to market the film to Christians but don't want unbelievers to know they are doing this. They are taking advantage of this Christian market, trying to lure them in to see a film that looks anything but appropriate for Christians.
And when people walk away from Evan Almighty they will not love God more. I don't think they will have a greater understanding of the Bible. In fact, I suspect they'll see the biblical story of the flood as being as fictional as this movie--a quaint plot but completely unrealistic and implausible. Mere fiction. This movie will not and cannot bring anyone closer to God. Rather, it will necessarily project a false image of God, a false understanding of Him. And we're being told to watch this, to enjoy this, and to bring our families to see it so they can laugh with us.
I hope my friend and owner of Nehring the Edge sees the movie first thing and delivers the lowdown asap. I can't wait to read his opening one-liner. I couldn't find a review of Bruce Almighty in his archives so perhaps he'll see both movies and give us a "double feature."