In talking to some people I was surprised to hear that some Christians are boycotting the Da Vinci Code movie. I guess it's just a "tool of the devil" in their minds. Hmmmm...well, maybe. But I never like to give the devil too much credit. The Da Vinci Code movie and book may be the devil's tool but he's never been known for using his tools that well. After all, I think the cross was his tool. It seems that God came out on top with that one!
It concerns me when I see Christians disengaging from our culture just because they deem something as bad or immoral or unbiblical. What do they expect? This isn't heaven. Why the surprise? Our call as followers of Jesus is to be there in the middle of the discussion, not abandon it, or draw such stark lines that no one wants to talk to us.
Living in this world will always present a tension for Jesus followers. The answer isn't to eliminate, condemn or ignore evil. Our job, should we choose to accept it, is to wade into the world at all levels and discern between good and evil, right and wrong, light and dark. And as we do, point others to the Source of all good, right and light.
Jesus spoke of this tension when he gave the story of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30). He said that someone came and sowed weeds in the farmer's field one night. Then there were weeds among the wheat. The laborers wanted to know if they should pull up the weeds. The farmer said, no, that might just damage the wheat. Wait until harvest and it will be easier to distinguish between the two.
That's our call as laborers here on earth. We are to live in the tension of truth and error and wait until the "harvest" when God himself will distinguish between the two.
All that to say, see the Da Vinci Code. More on this soon...