Superman Sermon Notes? Really?

Because empty headed, vapid, seeker sensitive, emergent preachers can’t actually drum up a sermon from Scripture, they’ve taken to turning the latest pop movie into their subject.  How bereft is modern preaching of substance.

Grace Hill Media describes themselves as “the industry leader in church-based promotion” established “to reach an enormous and underserved population—religious America.” Their past projects are a motley crew of films including “National Treasure”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Ratatouille”, “Cinderella Man”, “Elf” and “Walk the Line”.

For “Man of Steel”, Grace Hill orchestrated a full-scale campaign that provided pastors with movie clips, sermon outlines, and a nine-page briefing titled, “Jesus: The Original Superhero” for download on a flashy Superman ministry resource site. They hired theologian and Pepperdine University professor Craig Detwiler to prepare the materials. He produced similar briefings for “The Blind Side” in 2009 and “The Book of Eli” in 2010.

Why?  Because of two reasons:  first, preachers don’t know what the Bible says so they can’t use it as the textual base for their sermons, and second, because too many pastors and too many churches want to ‘cash in’ on the popularity of various films, draw ‘audiences’ (not worshipers, ‘audiences’) to their ‘shows’ (not ‘worship’, just entertainment) and appear to the world (the same world that Jesus declares hates God and hates his disciples) to be ‘with it’.

What paltry nonsense and worst of all, what a foul and disgusting opinion such persons have of the Gospel; for what they’re saying is that the Gospel isn’t sufficient to draw people to God, fluff and nonsense and common entertainment must supplement it.  This is nothing less than heresy, regardless of whatever pop culture and pop theology’s whining purveyors may say.

Jonathan Merritt remarks

And yet, the whole ordeal makes me a little uncomfortable because it represents another step forward in the commodification of Christianity. In a land of profit and greed, these trends illustrate once again that unchecked capitalism can leverage anything—even faith, even Jesus—to turn a buck. As one comic blogger said, the effort “comes off like a money grab.” It’s hard to disagree with him.

It’s not just a money grab- it’s the bastardization of the Christian Faith.  And that, I hate.

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