The Bible Series on History Channel
I could not go any longer without writing a post on the show, The Bible, that is currently airing on History Channel.
The show, produced by Roma Downey (aka touch by an angel) and husband, Mark Burnett, airs Sunday nights at 8pm eastern time. The show takes the stories of the Bible all the way from Genesis to Revelation and puts them into a live story that is two hours long a week for five weeks so a total of 10 hours.
I know this show has gotten lots of press...some good and some bad. So it's my turn!
I had the privilege of attending the Catalyst Conference last summer which you can read about in my post here. If you read my previous post than you know that I had the opportunity to hear about this show, The Bible, from Roma and Mark who were at the conference and were at the time in the process of filming the show. Upon hearing what they were making I was extremely excited. Their hearts were in the right place and I knew that through them, God had the potential to do incredible things with this show.
As Mark and Roma said to the audience at Catalyst:
"this nation gives everyone the opportunity to do what you want but you have to have the courage to make it happen!"
"if you need to be certain of something you will never do anything."
And boy did they do just that. It takes courage to create a show like this especially in knowing that they would receive criticism for expressing the Bible in media.
When God tells you to do something you should expect it won't be easy. This show was by no means easy for them to produce. They had a very small budget and were faced with many challenges while filming.
The crazy part is even now that it is airing they are receiving criticism from none other than other Christians. It always amazes me how Christians are often the first to cut you down when you are trying to do what God has told you to do. I have even heard from Christian friends of my own that they don't support the show because "it is not true to the Bible because they leave things out" or, my personal fav, "the Bible shouldn't be used as entertainment."
People! First of all there is no way to put absolutely everything that is in the Bible into 10 hours of show. Secondly, I'm pretty sure God didn't intend for his word to be boring. If you don't believe me just read the pages of the Bible. You will find stories of love, hope, courage, and even murder. No, God did not intend for the Bible to be boring so why not make it exciting and express it in an unique way?
Personally I think the Bible is extremely well written and I have been very impressed but then again.. what do I know?