The Los Angeles Times reports that pastors are finally realizing the great opportunity to use the movie “The Da Vinci Code” as a resource for reaching the culture with a message of faith. The article is titled, “Da Vinci Code Now a Tool to Win Christian Converts.” After months of hysteria, people of faith finally understand that culture can’t be stopped. It’s like a storm, and since we can’t stop the storm, our job is to rescue those caught up in it.
So pastors and Christian leaders are re-focusing now on using the film as an opportunity to engage the culture. My two appearances on MSNBC and numerous articles on the film have attempted just that – to make people realize the best way to engage the culture in order to make an impact.
The book is junk – no one argues that. Even liberal bloggers like Andrew Sullivan are shocked at the number of people who buy into the bad research and poor writing:
“A pity, I think. It’s hack fiction. People might actually believe it. This isn’t to say there isn’t a fascinating and important discussion to be had about the divisions and debates among the early Christians, and if the “Da Vinci Code” provokes such a discussion, fine. But on its own, it’s fictional dreck and Hollywood hooey.”
But the fact is, the cultural juggernaunt moves on, and our best hope is to be there in the conversation.