Entertainment: Narnia-ization of the Church.
I love movies and all kinds of entertainment (in case you haven't noticed). Over the past several months I have been recieving all sorts of emails from the folks at the Chronicles of Narnia promotions department (because Im the youth pastor at my church, Im on some mailing lists). At first I was curious about the upcoming film. Well the emails were getting old and I started doing some critical thinking. If you are really into this whole Narnia thing then you should probably stop reading now. Here are a few articles I found and I was disturbed by:
1.) "The movie is linked to about 80 different brands ranging from Honey Nut Cheerios to Quilted Northern bath tissue to McDonald's Happy Meals." Bath tissue is the nice way to say toilet paper. Yes, Narnia T-P! I wonder if its 2 ply?
2.)" It's been a busy week in the media at First Baptist! CNN featured the church and its Narnia initiative on Showbiz Tonight and other Tuesday programs. New Sunday series for Advent!" These are the headlines from a church website.
3.) "Enter the SermonCentral.com Narnia Sermon Sweepstakes and win a FREE Trip to London, England ? The Land of C.S. Lewis!"
Oh my goodness! Read this article and cry! What happened to good Bible teaching, you know of the verse-by-verse flavor. Get rewarded for the best sermon about the movie....unreal.
All of this to say, I saw the movie today. It wasn't because I bought some toilet paper or a Happy Meal or because I needed an idea for a sermon. I saw it because I wanted to be entertained, and I was. I also was moved and impressed with the effort. But lets not get carried away with the whole Disney-induced Narnia propaganda-fest targeted towards the naive and deep pocketed Evangelical Christian community.