Am I writing a blog post that compares modern day christians to the pagan Greeks and Trojans who worshiped false mythological gods? Why yes, I sure am.
Last night, my wife and I watched the movie “Troy” for the fist time. For various reasons, we are not typically drawn to movies like this, but due to boredom, sleeplessness and curiosity we decided to watch it. I found it intriguing when I noticed a few similarities between some of today’s christians and the ancient Greeks and Trojans -as portrayed in the movie. Here is what I observed:
-Buildings, statues and other objects were held in very high regard and often worshiped as the gods themselves.
-There was no concept of “personal relationship” with the pagan gods; therefore determining the “god’s will” was simply a guess made by the priests, often with catastrophic consequences.
-The rulers used the gods to manipulate the armies and people in order to get what they wanted; more power, treasure and territory.
-When something bad happened because of the leader’s own stupidity, selfishness or poor leadership abilities, it was explained by saying, “It was the will of the gods.”
-Terrible things occurred, -and was justified in the gods’ name.
I am sure I am missing a few other similarities. I was not actively looking for them while watching the movie. These are just the glaring ones that I remember as I reflect for a few moments.
If this post unsettles you a bit, good. Maybe it will cause you to think about how people in today’s culture view Christians. Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” This means that His Kingdom looks nothing like our pagan worldly kingdoms. If what we sometimes call “God’s Kingdom” can be so easily compared to “pagan kingdoms,” perhaps we need to stop, reflect and ask God to search our hearts in order to make a few adjustments. -After all, we are called to be DIFFERENT.
As always, I would love to hear your comments.