We’ve seen it—and it’s magnificent!
Just over a week ago, a team from the Mission America Coalition joined other leaders from around the country to view a rough cut of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. For months, we have been following the development of the film very closely and remained confident that the producers were faithfully adapting C.S. Lewis’ wonderful book for the big screen, yet we wanted to be able to provide an eyewitness account confirming that the movie is true to the story—and most importantly, to “the story within the story.”
We are delighted to report that the movie is extraordinary–both in faithfulness to the content and as a visually stunning experience!
The producers of the movie have taken Lewis’ treasured tale of good versus evil and brought it to life as an amazing cinematic production that we believe will have broad appeal throughout our culture as a blockbuster fantasy and adventure film. At the same time, the producers have retained the underlying themes that have endeared the book to Christians for generations as a classic metaphor for the gospel message. They got it right—and now it’s our turn to “get it right” in using this film to communicate with a world that desperately needs the hope of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?”. . . And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to his disciples (Mark 4:30, 33-34).
As Christians, we have the opportunity in Narnia to follow the example of our Lord by sharing the parables of our day through the technology of motion pictures. In this wonderful “parable” Lewis pictured a land like Narnia and then imagined what would happen if the Son of God, as He became a Man in our world, became a lion there - a lion named Aslan. The imagery of this film is compelling, as is the opportunity to explain its true meaning to seekers in our own generation.
Now, more than ever, we urge churches and ministries to take full advantage of the movie’s release December 9 by planning teaching opportunities in pulpits and classrooms, and outreach opportunities in communities. Mission America Coalition partners have developed a number of outstanding resources to help pastors and leaders increase the impact of this film in their community. For more information about the movie and available resources, visit our Narnia Outreah Downloads page.
Aslan is on the move,
The Mission America Coalition
The views expressed herein do not represent those of the Walt Disney Company, Walden Media, The C.S. Lewis Estate, or the filmmakers, but are rather the views of various organizations who have created these events specifically for leaders in the faith and family community.
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