This week the TV series “The Bible” was aired. Did you watch it? 21% of viewers for that it’s timeslot on Tuesday night did. This made it the highest ranked show for it’s time.
I was looking forward to it. As a huge ‘Survivor” fan, I was keen to see this mini-series created by Mark Burnett (the man behind Survivor) and Roma Downey (his wife, and the actress who played the angel in ‘Touched by an Angel”).
So on Tuesday night I sat down and watched the series the Bible. In around 2 hours we saw the Noah’s Ark, heard the creation account, met Abraham, saw Sodom and Gommorah destroyed, met Moses and received the ten commandments.
At times it jumped from story to story and I thought it could be hard for someone to follow who was not familiar with the Bible. At times it got characters wrong, and reinterpreted events. Yet, none of this disturbed me most. In fact, given that neither Mark or Roma are Christians so far as I can tell, they wanted to take the great stories of the Bible and retell them – Hollywood style. What disturbed me was the reading of facebook posts telling Christians not to watch this or complaining about every inaccuracy.
Is this the best way to respond to a program like this?
Or, could it be, to recognise that despite all it’s inaccuracies and despite being hard to follow at times, your family and friends are watching this show. Could it be that maybe we should join them in order to become part of the inevitable conversations it will start.
In 1 Peter 3:15 we are encouraged to, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
It is up to you to decide whether you watch this particular show or not. But look for those moments in culture where people are talking about faith and enter into the conversation, and then tell the greatest story ever told, but with gentleness and respect.