This is my article that was published today in the Natoma-Luray Independent section of The Russell County News and tomorrow in the church section of The Plainville Times.
What did you think?
As surely as you are reading this article, someone will have asked my by now what I thought of the new highly anticipated ten part miniseries on The History Channel called The Bible. As of the time I write this article it has not yet aired, so I cannot give my full opinion, and in fairness will reserve judgment until seeing the episode.
But the point is not what did I think; the point is what did you think? You know the Bible; you have heard the accounts from childhood on in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and in Bible study; you regularly attend worship services and have heard sermons on many of the Biblical texts that will be covered. What did you think?
Were there errors? Were there points that you did not remember? Were there parts that you need to go back and re-read to see if the producers were faithful to the text?
Because ultimately, I can give you my opinion and other pastors can give you theirs; but we cannot believe, teach and confess the faith for you when your friends and neighbors who attend others churches, or perhaps do not attend church at all, ask you what you thought.
And so when each episode ends, or when the entire series ends on Easter Sunday, your job is not to run to the nearest pastor and ask him what he thought, you job is to do as those in Berea did in Acts 17:11; where they hear the words that St. Paul preaches by day, and then go home and search the Scriptures by night to see if what he had said was true.
Because the truth of the matter is, whenever a book is made into a movie, whether it is the Bible, or Harry Potter, or Huckleberry Finn, there are going to be some things that are in the text that do not make the movie. The Bible is 66 books and spans a significant period of history; a ten part series totaling 20 hours with commercials is not going to cover it all. If you want the true story, if you want the whole story, if you want what no movie can offer: read the book. And then come to Bible study and ask questions so that you might better understand and know what Scriptures are all about.
God Bless! Pastor Michael Schmidt