by Joel Lawler
I had every intention of going to see the Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" prior to writing Matter of Faith. Unfortunately, I waited too long and tickets have been hard to come by and The People News Editor has gently reminded me that my deadline is rapidly approaching.
I am very excited about this film. In the interviews with Mel Gibson that I have seen, it has been impressive to hear the events that lead up to making this film. He stated that he was almost suicidal when he felt a call to begin this project. He talked about how he had everything that anyone could ever have, money, fame and tremendous success but it simply left him empty.
It is also great to see that someone has made the story true to the scriptures and not twisted it to suit their own agenda. Many of the films about Jesus either are poorly made or the writer distorts the facts and even takes great license in order to make Jesus into something that He was not.
With all the media attention and the hype that has come about surrounding this film, there is also a danger and that is that the viewer, amidst all the hoopla, would miss the point of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.
Movies don't change people's lives. Churches don't change people's lives. The