Friday, May 19, 2006

Sick of hearing about Da Vinci?

I have to confess, I have been in this camp. A few short months ago, my idea of an appropriate response to this book and movie was, "Hey. It's fiction, OK?"

The latest results at our JesusandDaVinci.com prove how wrong I have been in my dismissal. This is a novel which has sold some 50 million copies, more than any work of fiction in history. The movie and the hype surrounding it will keep it in the public's attention span for some time to come. Something that big deserves more attention than that.

At the heart of the controversy is something at the very heart of my calling--communicating Christ to the world. As the public's notoriously short attention span is once again captivated by the person of Jesus, we have an opportunity to share the well-documented truth about him and dispel the poorly-researched tangle of conspiracy theory garbage that the book disingenuously promotes.

For some, this will finally register the watershed issue of Jesus' uniqueness and divinity on the radar of their consciousness. That's not to say that I think the net effect of the book will be a good one--just that we had better rise to the occasion since it's out there.

I've just learned that our JesusAndDaVinci.com site has exposed some 184,000 individuals to the gospel and resulted in 25,000 indicated decisions for Christ. Sometimes the inevitable negative situations occurring in a fallen world give us unique opportunity to put faith in action. These negative situations and circumstances, and our own very real shortcomings, are the agents which force our reliance on Jesus and result in His glorification and our further conformity to His image. (See Romans 8:28-29, 2 Corinthians 4:5-14)

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