Saturday, February 28, 2004
We saw The Passion Thursday night, thanks to the director of The Portico (a ministry of the local megachurch, First Baptist West Monroe, a.k.a. "First West"), who, of course, I met at Kinko's.
First of all, I'm no film critic. I've appreciated the reviews of Jon Barlow and Pastor Jeff Meyers, and have read other reviews, good and bad.
Second of all, I liked the movie. I'm glad I saw it. Several scenes were very powerful and gave a new, helpful perspective on our Lord's suffering.
Third, I'd be happy to never see Gibson's film again. In my opinion, the scourging scenes were over the top. I can handle violence, but I have no interest in seeing my Savior tortured perhaps beyond what He actually suffered, and all for dramatic effect. Convicting, yes. Emotive, yes. Factual, who knows? Sorry if I sound like a callous skeptic, but I offer my skeptical opinion nonetheless, for whatever it's worth.
"If it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt" (Matt 26:39). I thank God that this cup passed from me. Of course, I did experience seeing Gibson's version - but I know it's not the same thing.
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