I finally had an opportunity to watch the movie Noah. It was entertaining and visually stunning, with a story that was at times, gripping. But it wasn’t our story.
The Noah narrative is part of the bigger story of our redemption. The film was a story of a god leaving man to redeem himself; placing the burden on man to “get it right this time.” The narrative was changed, and once the narrative is changed, the details are changed to fit the narrative. Fallen angels as watchers over man? Demons with good intentions? Really? I could go on …
God has entrusted us with the Gospel message (Gal. 2.7; 1 Thess. 2.4). The accurate handling of the Gospel message is our responsibility (2 Tim. 2.15; Acts 18.25-26). We are to avoid “what is falsely called knowledge” as well as “wandering off into myths.” (1 Tim 6.20; Tit. 1.3-4).
Sure, we can use Noah as a starting point for conversation about the things of God, and I suppose there is some merit in that. But the story is ours to tell; the Gospel is ours to proclaim. We don’t need to add anything to make it more attractive or relevant to the world around us; we just need to declare it. The Gospel message is “folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1.18). Those that have been appointed to eternal life (Acts 13.48) will hear and believe.
Here’s the bottom line: this version of Noah took the beautiful narrative of God’s election, mercy and salvation – even in the midst of his judgment – and turned it into a myth about a distant, impersonal God who leaves the fate of humanity in the hands of an imperfect man.
Our God is bigger and better than that. Let’s go and tell the world.