19 June 2011

"Noah was the First Environmentalist." Um...Really?

"Noah was the first environmentalist." Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd type. Thankfully, this isn't my erroneous statement, but that of Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky. Christian Today reports:
Director Darren Aronofsky is hoping to make a new movie on the Great Flood in the Old Testament. He is reportedly in talks with British actor Christian Bale to take on the role of Noah for the $130m flick. Aronofsky and Bale already have experience of working together. Aronofsky directed some scenes in The Fighter, which earned Bale an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Black Swan director is keen to make the film and doesn’t see why any movie studio wouldn’t want to back it.  “I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme for me right now for what’s going on on this planet,” he told Slash Film.  “So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. “Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character.  “Hopefully they’ll let me make it.” (Online Source, emphasis mine)
For all the times that I've read the narrative of Noah and the flood in Genesis 6-9, never once has the thought crossed my mind that it had anything at all to do with environmentalism. I am really glad that Aronofsky cleared that up for me. What saddens me even more than this terrific twisting of Scripture is the undoubted fact that, if this movie is made, Christians will flock to it in droves because it's a "Bible story." Have you ever compared these supposedly Bible-based movies to the actual Word of God? Take "The 10 Commandments" for example. I admit, I watch that movie every year, but when you read the narrative of Moses' life as told by, well, Moses, Cecil B. DeMille took far too much liberty with that one! Really, was the story of Moses and the Exodus not fascinating enough? And should Aronofsky get his way, his words above already indicate that this movie would be littered with blasphemy and misrepresentations of God and His Word. Yet, as I said, I can say with certainty that Christians will celebrate it and waste their God-given money on it at the box office.

Through his remarks, Aronofsky has trivialized an historical account of God's sovereign power and His righteous judgment of sin. Far from being an "environmental apocalypse" resulting from man's mistreatment of "the Mother," Scripture is clear that God destroyed the earth by water as a means of judgment on the evil and wickedness of men. But then, for all the "green" liberals out there, failing to recycle is considered the most heinous sin, so I suppose they could somehow inject their warped hermeneutic into the story.
Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:11-13)
It would be fascinating to hear Aronofsky elaborate on his statement that "Noah was the first environmentalist." Not even in the most creative recesses of my brain can I squeeze that conclusion out of the text! God made the earth and everything in it (Genesis 1). God determined to destroy it by water because of man's wickedness (Genesis 6:17). God found Noah to be righteous and commanded him to build an ark (Genesis 6:14). God gave Noah explicit blueprints for the ark (Genesis 6:14-16). God told Noah when to enter the ark (Genesis 7:1). God brought the rain from heaven for 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:11-12). God "remembered Noah" and caused the great waters to subside (Genesis 8:1). God made a covenant with Noah  and "all flesh that is on the earth" that "the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh (Genesis 9:14-17)." What did Noah do? He obeyed God. Hm.

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