I have held back my entry into the discussion of the “controversial” new movie The Golden Compass for quite a while now. And as I write this post, I am not sure that I have anything original to add. It seems as though it has all been said. The battle lines have been drawn. Christians are on one side and the evil atheist manifesto, The Golden Compass, is on the opposing side. Which will win? My bet is The Golden Compass will prove victorious, bringing in the currency of the day: box office gold. After all, in the end, what the world wants in a movie is an interesting story with great special effects. And, I’m guessing The Golden Compass will provide them that.
However, with all of that said, I feel I must make some sort of stand and express my disappointment with my Christian brothers who have made this a battle by vocally boycotting a movie which they have never seen. I cannot tell you how many emails have been sent my way, informing me about this new “Evil” movie which is about to hit the theaters. It really disappoints me that we as a group of people can be so vocal about topics in which we are not educated. But beyond that, vocally boycotting a movie isn’t really even an intelligent tactic, if your end goal is to deter viewers. If you really wanted to see this movie fail, there is a far better tactic; don’t watch it and don’t talk about it. That way you don’t give the movie studio free publicity. Think about it.
Now, I am not recommending that anyone go see this movie. I do not want to be responsible for the corruption of anyone’s mind. If you are so afraid that a movie will brainwash you, I, in fact, recommend that you do not watch The Golden Compass. As for me, myself, I will probably go watch the Golden Compass if given a chance. I am curious and I would like to be able to intelligently hold a conversation concerning the movie if the opportunity presents itself. In my opinion, it is good to see an outsider’s view of Christianity every once in a while so that we may be able to better engage the world with Christ’s message. And who knows, maybe a critical outsider might have something intelligent to say about us. I know I have a lot to learn as I seek to follow Christ.