Funny how this movie thing keeps coming up. Though I have yet to see the movie, (as tends to be the case with two young children) I have recently watched many extended trailers, clips, Bill Maher interviews, a few supportive reviews, and loads of opposed reviews of the film. Bill is the flag-bearer of the self-proclaimed gosepl of "I Don't Know" (read: agnostic)
I'm not a Bill Maher fan. Watched his show for years just so I could cringe and yell at the screen. But he's no fool. While there's no ground-breaking trails blazed in this comedic documentary, Bill does one thing very well: He asks GREAT questions.
To Followers of Christ: Does that offend you?
I seem to remember this lengthy love story where people were full of questions about the coming Messiah. And later in that love story the Messiah himself came and served the masses, loved people, and, yes, answered burning questions regarding this King and his supposed Kingdom.
The book of First Peter in the Bible, Chapter 3 verse 15 has this to say: "Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with utmost courtesy." (The Message version)
When this faith is genuine; when it's bursting with love; when it's clothed in humility and service to others - it's beautiful. When it's burdensome religion - it's religulous - and who can blame Bill Maher for thinking it through?
I welcome such a film. A catalyst of sorts. If it furthers the possibility for followers of Christ like me to step out of my box of comfort and into the lives of people that crave intelligent and potentially transforming discussion, I'm all in.
Makes me wonder about the virtues of a film like Fireproof versus the virtues of a film like Religulous.
What do you think?