There have been a plethora of articles written as of late stating that Christianity is on the rise, following a Dec. 14, 2014 Gallup Poll that illustrated three-quarters of Americans identify as Christian and a Pew Research study indicating widespread belief in the biblical stories.
But is that the case? The short of it–yes and no.
The data from Gallup, based on 173,490 interviews conducted from Jan. 2 through Dec. 21, shows that 76% of Americans identify with a Christian faith, spread across Protestants or another non-Catholic Christian(50%), Catholic(24%), and Mormon(2%) preferences.
Meanwhile, the Pew study indicated that:
- 73 percent of U.S. adults believe Jesus was born to a virgin.
- 81 percent, the baby Jesus was actually laid in a manger.
- 75 percent, wise men guided by a star brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
- 74 percent, an angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds nearby.
On its surface, the numbers don't lie. Jesus is indeed making a spiritual resurrection among the American public. However, we need to make more efforts to take back the mantle of Christ from special interests in Hollywood and the political elite where the effort is merely temporal.
Hollywood has taken notice with their recent productions of Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Phil Cooke, writing for the Huffington Post, is right when he argues that Hollywood has recognized the "Christian community is the largest special interest group of all" after years of poor sales resulting from bending over backwards for smaller interest groups like feminists, gay activists, and environmentalists.
But is the message they're selling the right one? No, not in the least.
Darren Aronofsky's adaptation of Noah is an unhinged epic, showing Noah to be a drunk psychopathic baby killer not saved by God but aided by fictional rock monsters. Ridley Scott's revamp of Moses takes a "naturalistic" approach instead of the spiritual one depicted in the Bible, theorizing that the Red Sea was parted by a tsunami. Further, lead actor, Christian Bale, opined before the movie was even released that Moses was, ". . . likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life.”
Are these the people that should be serving the Christian community? No.
So, while Christianity is on the rise again in America, faithful Americans are still losing the culture war. For some, these movies will be the only narratives they ever see of the Bible and thus will have a detrimental effect on the Christian community and their message.
I know these are just movies and biblical accuracy isn't important to everyone, but if our culture loses the importance of the Bible we lose our culture.
~ Erik Raymond