by Judy Rice
Clash Daily Contributor
The new Left Behind movie starring Nicolas Cage just hit the big screen. I felt a sense of urgency to see it. The idea of this movie truly excited me. I heard it was one of the most anticipated movies and just was glad to hear that. I only recently watched the Left Behind Series starring Kirk Cameron, so my expectations were high.
A friend of mine asked me if the movie was any good and I got a bit stunned by the question. A movie like Left Behind it is portraying a future event, so it will be very difficult to mess it up terribly. The movie producers had to get these basic points across to get my “thumbs up.” Of course, I wanted to see this event present the Rapture as Biblically accurately as possible. It didn’t need to be that complicated. I wanted it kept simple and real.
The Rapture is going to happen. It will be horribly bad. Everyone in the world will be affected. Everyone will question why this occurred and will be searching for answers. It is a very good idea to be ready before this occurs, so you can be a part of the group that disappears because things down here aren’t going to be any fun at all. The movie should encourage honest seekers, even if the motivation is fear, to begin searching and finding truth. The movie needs to point to the Bible! I think the movie does do that.
My husband and I brought our 13 year old triplets and one of their friends with us to see it. Ask a kid a simple question and you get a simple, real answer and/or reaction. During the movie, one of my children was witnessing to his friend right in the movie theater. I could hear my daughter sniffling and the tears continued after the movie. Another son was asking me how he can be absolutely sure that he is saved. My daughter was seeking assurance for herself, but she was frightened for our loved ones, too.
I think they got the point. It got my kids thinking, so I am a fan. I have heard some criticism that this was not a “Christian movie.” I am not sure what that means exactly. If that means that is wasn’t as “cheesy” as most Christian movies, I agree! Was it supposed to be?
Another criticism was the movie didn’t give a salvation message at all. The salvation message isn’t given in Thessalonians 4: 13-18 either, which speaks about the Rapture. I suspect by the time the Rapture happens, everyone who is going to accept Christ before this event will already be saved (See Romans 1:20). So I am guessing that everyone here on earth already had the chance to hear and accept.
Wouldn’t any honest seeker have questions about the Rapture after seeing this movie? My kids’ friend couldn’t stop asking questions. This movie is put out there as a Christian movie, so when someone watches it, if they are an honest seeker, wouldn’t the logical response be to open a Bible or ask a Christian friend some questions? So I guess the absence of the salvation message doesn’t bother me in any way.
I actually liked that this movie didn’t look like the typical Christian movie. I liked how this movie sort of “cut through the cheese” quickly. In so many Christian movies there is a “cheesy Christian.” These characters have always turned me off, on the movie screen and in real life. In this film I nominate Mrs. Steele, the Christian mom. I leaned over and told my son that I hope the Rapture comes fast because she needs to just go. He laughed.
Christians were talked about as being “wacko” in the movie. I know some Christians might be offended by that, but seriously, don’t we already know that much of the world sees us that way? I have been mocked, blocked, unfriended, and called a “Bible thumper.” I heard I was a bit “over the top” and I even “snapped.” I was even told to take a shovel and dig up Israel! On a compassionate day, I feel bad for the people who will be left behind after the Rapture. On an uncompassionate day when my sin nature is in “high gear” the Rapture is like the ultimate “I told you so” moment. All the “wacko” Christians and innocents will be gone!
My favorite quote was said by Chloe to the pastor that was left behind. She asks him why he is still here. He explains to her that his congregation believed all his preaching. He had all the knowledge and he is still here! Now he gets it, but it is too late to avoid the inevitable. Now he knows what he taught everyone is all true. Chloe says to the pastor, “Why should I believe you? YOU don’t even believe you!” Big ouch! The pastor did all the right things and preached all the right things, yet he didn’t believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (See Acts 16:31) Doesn’t this make you just a bit curious?
The movie continues with dramatic scenes of planes without pilots, car crashes, panic everywhere, and people searching frantically for their loved ones. What could be inaccurate about this? Things will actually be much worse than what is portrayed in the movie. These are actors with a make-up crew. In reality, those left behind won’t look or feel pretty for long. Panic will be everywhere. I love the last scene too after Chloe, Buck and her dad are reunited and one of them asks. “Is this the end?” The answer is, “No, this is only the beginning.”
The Rapture is the beginning of the most horribly frightening time in human history. All humans would be wiped out if God does not intervene. Many humans are asleep. We never really know what it will take to wake someone up. Many times we are woken up by something that seemed so little or irrelevant to another. The Rapture is God’s way of protecting the believers from the worst persecution ever in human history. It will wake up the rest of the world in a very dramatic way.
The gospel was spread by just a handful of eyewitnesses in the past. Some of them wrote down their experiences in a book called the Bible. There is no other book on earth like it. The Rapture is written about in this book. After the Rapture occurs, there will be millions left behind as eyewitnesses and some will quickly figure out that those “wacko” Christians weren’t so wacky after all. Every knee will bow (See Philippians 2:10).
Judy Rice is the proud mother of teenage triplets, Jillian, Spencer and Derek and wife to Gary, one of the most loving, hardworking, honorable men in the world. She is a Christian who is a huge fan of traditional marriage, freedom, and is pro- life to the core. She has a Masters in Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before kids, she worked as a counselor, advisor and teacher at the university level. She clarified her world view in her thirties and believes her most valuable education continues to come from reading the Bible, reading in general, listening, paying attention and participating in meaningful communication wherever it occurs.