Add the True Redeemer to Avatar.
Watch a Wycliffe presentation on a primitive tribe somewhere, or a Nate Saint “Auca” movie, and you get the basic story-line of Avatar’s Na’vi tribe on the planet Pandora. The only thing missing in Avatar, of course, is the Wycliffe biblical producer, who would have added the redeeming element most Hollywood movies never even consider. (Uh, maybe because they don’t know the Redeemer?!)
You can’t blow away a secularly produced movie or not read a secular book, just because they show people in it who worship without Christ. It is true that the Na’vi are not Christians. Odd! Would you expect a blaspheming, far-from-Christ producer/writer …scripting the Na’vi to hope in Christ!? Ya, right! (Note: I do NOT know the beliefs of the Avatar producer, but assume they are not Christian. Sorry if I am wrong there.)
I see hope. I see hope for my neighbors who are far from faith in Christ, not because they are close to believing – but because God loves them anyway, died for them anyway, and the Holy Spirit is at work in their thoughts and aspirations, anyway. I see hope and I dream of eternity when I inject Christ into Avatar. The producers of course inject their philosophies. Dream-up your own alternate ending!
If you go to movies, know that this movie has no segments that should offend believers. Christians with hope alive, might want to consider watching Avatar, and then use it to share about our hope in another redeemer, THE God of Creation. Maybe your neighbor will then see the light, and they’ll “get it”.
We need to share creatively about truth, and our hope in the only true God – communicated to us in the Bible, and proven to us in Christ. Avatar provides a great conversation starter, lots of fodder for talk on spiritual things. – Anonymous