“…the righteous gives and does not hold back.” Proverbs 21:26
Noah, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, was a box office success and a biblical failure. Aronofsky’s script had little or no regard for the biblical account. Unfortunately, there were probably some movie-goers unfamiliar with the details of the biblical record of Noah who left the theater thinking that the bizarre mess depicted in the film actually had some semblance to the Bible. But the director completely missed the meaning of the Genesis account.
The Bible describes Noah as a man who heard from God and trusted what he heard enough to follow through on what he’d been told in spite of severe persecution and ridicule. Noah was a perfect example of perseverance, determination and faithfulness. It’s a record of God’s judgment on a rebellious generation who persisted in their sin—and of His mercy and grace on those who trusted Him. While Noah the movie is devoid of hope, the Bible is filled with a message of hope for mankind.
Aronofsky’s attitude is typical of many in our culture today. There is a feeling that somehow we are in control rather than God, and that His Word is irrelevant. It’s a dangerous trend that will reap a bitter harvest. That’s why I emphasize the need to stay firmly rooted in the Bible and not succumb to the spiritual whims of a confused and rebellious generation. Biblical integrity has been and continues to be our goal at TLN, rather than some misguided concoction from the mind of a movie director or anyone else with their own agenda. We can trust God’s Word.
An example of our commitment to biblical content is our series Encounters with the Unexplained, which is part of our fall TLN lineup. When we produced these specials, I made it clear to our production partners and affiliates that none of the scripts could be contradictory to the Bible, and all the episodes dealing with biblical topics had to be biblically accurate.
The topic of one of the episodes is titled Noah’s Ark on Arafat, and you can be sure we took care to make sure it is biblically accurate. As we learn more about these amazing, factual, historical events, the Bible becomes more alive to us, and our faith becomes more vibrant and relevant! This kind of inspirational and informational content is possible because of your generous support. I encourage you to tell friends about it and gather the family together for this special program, which airs on the Total Living Network both in English (Thursdays @ 5:00pm) and in Spanish (Saturdays @ 10:00pm).
Encounters with the Unexplained and all of our programming are examples of what we strive for at TLN and why it is so vital to have your prayer and financial support. We depend on your generosity to continue to provide this kind of lifestyle programming. From all of us at TLN:
Thank you and God bless you!
Jerry K. Rose, Chairman of the Board, Total Living International