Monday, January 2, 2012
This week my wife and I took three nights to watch an old VHS movie of The Robe. I hadn’t seen this movie in many, many years, and it was almost like seeing it for the first time!
The Robe used to be a television staple during Easter time, but I don’t know if this is still the case because I haven’t watched regular TV in many, many years. I do know that the movie has been well-loved by Christians. And that is the reason for this commentary.
I was very disappointed in this movie because it was nothing more than preaching the social gospel and the brotherhood of man, with lots of talk about how just a look from Jesus changed their lives. Yet, how could they learn the gospel with just a look?
There was never any mention of why Christ was crucified, but there was much discussion by the characters about how horrible it was for Rome to have killed Christ. In reality we have from the New Testament letters that it wasn’t a travesty at all - if Christ hadn’t been put to death we would not have the punishment for our sins paid!
If it wasn’t for the very poor theology, I could have liked this movie. As it was, I was very irritated the whole time whenever some sappy social gospel idea was preached. I could never watch this movie again, nor would I ever, ever recommend it to anyone; not to Christians because I don’t like recommending false teachings, and not to unbelievers because I wouldn’t want them to get the wrong idea about why Christ died.