Everyday Christians turn on the television, open the paper, and scan the internet only to see an increasing amount of destruction and carnage occurring in the Middle East and around the world. Their prayers for world peace appear to be ignored as more and more civilians and soldiers are killed everyday on battlefields and in seemingly peaceful, diplomatic areas. The Iraq war has been reduced to a holy war with various Muslim sects fighting for power and control. Attacks in Palestine, Israel, and Afghanistan all have religions connotations and every murder, kidnapping, and demolition seems to have “religious” backing. With war raging, many Christians are at a loss to see God’s good at work in these regions, but I implore you to have faith that his will is being done. Take notice of the freeing of millions, the religious liberties granted, and upward march of democracy abroad, and be assured that your prayers are being answered.
The best selling book, The Da Vinci Code, hits the big screen on May 19, and its upcoming release (and undoubted blockbuster status) is causing Christian organizations around the world to take sides. Some groups, like Campus Crusade for Christ, are not encouraging Christians to read the book or see the movie, but rather engage in discussion about the facts of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Other institutions, such as Fuller Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical school in California, are hopeful Christians actively involve themselves in The Da Vinci Code hype. "It’s going to be water cooler conversation, so Christians need to take a deep breath, read the book and see the movie. Then we need to educate Christians about what all this means," said Richard J. Mouw, the President of Fuller. Regardless of their position regarding The Da Vinci Code, nearly all religious groups agree that the popularity of the book and movie can be used in positive ways. I too believe that Christians should use this blasphemous book and its movie release as an opportunity to help God’s kingdom grow and flourish.