WELCA Rants About 'The Bible'
The television mini-series, The Bible has been a ratings winner for the History Channel (over 12 million people watching the final show) and has been the talk of media outlets, twitter and the general population. Franklin Graham said, "This mini-series will cause many people to take an interest in the Bible that otherwise might not have." How awesome is that? God's Word portrayed on television drawing people to Himself!
But in typical ELCA fashion, the ELCA-wide group, Women of the ELCA (WELCA) does not like the high impact mini-series, The Bible, which is no surprise based on the way the denomination seems to view the actual Bible. The other day I come across a post on Facebook by WELCA (April 1st) pointing to a blog on their website blasting the show. The post said,
“Today's blogger takes a critical look at the History Channel's series 'The Bible.' Popular, yes? Accurate, no.” Then WELCA provided a link to their article (see the WELCA facebook page here)
So what was the WELCA blogger's problem that caused her to claim, “The mini-series 'The Bible' retold one of the most heinous lies”? Reading the article we find that the blogger doesn't like the skin color of some of the actors. That's right. The blogger admits, “I only watched the first episode” but then says, “I didn’t need to see any more after the blonde Noah spoke with something between a Welsh and Scottish accent. That was enough because watching that first installment was like witnessing a reckless April Fool’s Day joke.”
She continues, “I don’t need to watch White producers and actors stretch an old lie into the future” and “We are not supposed to lie.” Going into a full-on rant she says, “Jesus was not White. Noah was not White. Adam was not White. No one in ancient biblical times was White. And there were only a few 'Gentiles' in the New Testament and they were not Northern European Gentiles. Wake up!” (see here)
Really!! Does this author know the skin color of Adam? (if she even believes in a historical Adam, that is) Does she know what Noah and Jesus looked like? Does it matter?
I find it interesting that Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says the people associated with the mini-series are perpetuating lies (and I reject that claim) while WELCA itself is part of a denomination that believes the Bible is filled with lies.
4/6/2013 03:17:26 am
According to the Bible, the historical Jesus was Jewish: part of the Semitic group which is considered part of the White race. (At least that is what I was taught: there are three races.) Since the early centuries after the Shroud of Turin was known, artists have always depicted Jesus to look like the Man on the Shroud -- I am thinking especially of the beautiful Byzantine mosaics. As far as what race Noah or Adam were, well, we believe Noah was probably from the Mediterranean area, and Adam -- that's anyone's guess. -- I think this WELCA blog post is just more politically motivated silliness.
Dave from Minnesota
4/6/2013 04:09:05 am
This is an example of an issue with old large liberal Protestant churches. The members don't live their lives based on Bible teaching and theology. Instead it’s the opposite. They use their very liberal secular views to run their church. And to change their church to match these views. Hence the push for gay marriage and acceptance of abortion.
4/6/2013 08:11:59 am
Ever wonder why doctors and nurses are quite color blind? We know that every human beings blood is the same color red. In the operating room the color of tissue is the same under the skin. Has anyone ever considered that people from the middle east are dark skined because of sun exposure. God had a reason for creating people as he did. The critics of the film are likely trying to cover up their fears. The reality of the Bible is sometimes too difficult for some to face.
4/7/2013 08:57:02 am
Jesus incarnate of the Virgin Mariam, would have looked like a 1st century, Galilean Jew. As to what Noah and Adam looked like, we haven't got a clue. Modern 'races' are more recent in development than their lives. And we don't know where in Gondwanaland Noah lived, either.
4/8/2013 12:44:21 pm
The blogger who objected to Noah's speaking "with something between a Welsh and Scottish accent" might be interested to know that Noah and the other Bible characters did not really speak English at all. The dialogue of the mini-series was presented in English merely for the benefit of the intended English-speaking audience.
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