Tell me a story.

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.


5 responses to “Tell me a story.

  1. You mean the Gospels could be retitled “Vantage Point” (as in the movie….)?

  2. Amy, it would probably remove some of the barriers we have when we try to figure out why they aren’t exactly the same and assume that means that someone must be horribly confused…at best.

  3. that’s why i appreciate veggie tales SOOO much.
    everyone else before them didn’t really have the money (or talent) to pull it off

    Mr. Rodger’s did it, only we didn’t know he was doing it. Which gave him far more access to kids whose parents might have turned off the TV if they knew.

    Adult Christians should HAVE to watch Mr. Rodger’s show.

  4. The danger, of course, is to try and force the lists into the story telling. So much bad “christian” movies/shows are trying to harness the medium but still keep the old agenda of indoctrinating the lists into others.

    I love that you (jon) so often are just telling stories. The point, often, is obvious, but it never seems like it is programmed agenda. It feels, rather, like the obvious moral from a great story.

  5. Kat. I agree. in fact I understand him much better now. and veggies? wonderful.
    Thanks, Chris. i understand completely, at least the first paragraph. And am grateful for the second.