Now, this made me roll my eyes repeatedly and I happen to like the movie. But with many Christians, I think we forget that this movie is not Jesus and it's actually a movie about Jesus. Confusing the two sounds impossible but trust me, it's happening all over. I'm not sure if it's because Christians feel they need their own super-hero-like movie to hide behind or to rally up against and root for, but it's really getting a bit ridiculous. I wonder if the movie had been as bad as "Left Behind" and not made any money like "Left Behind," if Christians would still be out on the Oscar prowl?
I don't believe "The Passion of the Christ" deserved a best picture nomination. In fact, I don't believe it deserved a best original score nomination (did the Academy even SEE "Bad Education," "Friday Night Lights," or "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"?). The cinematography and make-up nods were well-deserved though, and I'm happy the Academy's memory did not fail them when they came to these two categories. But anyways, back to Jesus.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised about people fearing that by snubbing the film the Academy was REALLY snubbing Jesus himself because that kind of mentality has been going on for thousands of years. Hot-wired Christians who think they are protecting the sacredness of Christ with their raving rants were around during the Crusades and I guess to some extent, they're still around today. I talked to one woman who insisted that if the movie didn't get nominated for Best Picture it would be a "travesty." Now correct me if I'm wrong but since when did getting nominated for Academy Awards mean so much to the majority of evangelical Christians in the first place? It's as if this is a make-or-break, Left Behind-ish, prophetic "mark" of what end times are soon to come. Apparently, this Oscar snub might have more to do with the book of Revelation than many of us would think. If this is true and these people riling up against this national travesty are right, then I for one will be very glad because it would mean all along that God really does care about movies more than most Christians would like to think.