Three of us went to a movie yesterday. It’s a Christmas ritual for our family. But it wasn’t Christmas, so we didn’t worry about Andrew going.
And he had already seen WALL-E.
We enjoyed the movie. All three of us, Nancy, Hope and I, appreciated the thoughtful details. We even stayed all the way through the credits for the last delightful piece of humor.
And I thought, “What great creativity just for fun. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Church used the same creativity to tell story?”
And then I thought about how much of the Bible is story as opposed to lists of rules. Most of the first collection of books is story. Even some of the rules read as story problems (in this situation, if this happens, do this). The first five books of the second collection are stories as well. In fact, the first four books, known as the Gospels, provide four views of essentially the same time period, but with four different audiences in mind and from four different perspectives.
And I realized that it’s no wonder that people don’t get church. We spend so much time on the lists and much less time on the stories.
No wonder people prefer Pixar.