Troy

1. Saw too much of Brad. Literally and figuratively.
2. Way too sappy. I realize it’s a Greek tradgedy, but I found myself saying: “Come on, let’s move on with the plot” too often
3. The one on one fights were good, the mass battles were boring compared to previous movies in the genre (Gladiator, Braveheart, etc).
4. Movie was too bright- and colors were washed out (could have been the theatre).
5. I found it entertaining, but not much else.
6. I found myself laughing out loud as Orlando Bloom pulled a ‘Legolas’ thing in the end.
7. Eternal life in the movie is presented as ‘having your name live on’ forever (which is a kind of eternity). Of course, those who Know Jesus know there is a true eternity awaiting them.

The most interesting part was hearing phrases like – “The Gods will protect us” and seeing the rituals and stuff (burnt offerings, vows of celibacy) surrounding the idol worship of the time. You had the old guard (King of Troy) that looked at ‘omens’ and ‘bird signs’ and the new guard (Hector) that were more practical and felt the Gods were less involved in the affairs of men.

Now the Greeks made up their Gods to explain why things happened… and the same charge is levied against Christianity by some. Of course, we don’t have eyewitness testimony of Zeus giving a Sermon on the mount or being crucified — which kind of shoots that argument in the foot (or heel ;-).

I see an odd reversal of this in the current church strcutures. The old guard is the mega-church ‘church as a business’ type model, where the church is run on seemingly tried and true business practices (and some business leaders are using church ‘books’ to learn new strategies!). If you took God out, many would continue to operate their programs and have services, bring in new ‘believers,’ and do ‘church.’ The new guard is an emerging movement that feels that the Church is a community, not a business. That if you take God out, the whole thing should crumble.

Now I’m not saying mega-churches are bad. I’m not saying emerging churches are good. Both have pros and cons. What I’m saying is that a church utterly reliant on God to survive is better than one that can operate without God. And if, in the end, our reliance on God causes us to break apart and scatter to the winds- other Churches and bodies of believers will be blessed by it.


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