“As Your Poet Shaves Aid?”
No, the URL references “As Your Poets Have Said,” a quote about a quote. One of the first followers of Jesus, a man named Paul, was speaking to a crowd in Athens, relating to them the story of God, and he referenced the writings of a Greek poet from hundreds of years earlier. Paul knew that his message was not a foreign one, but a fulfillment of the knowledge, hopes, and dreams of the Athenians.
The same is true today. We have noticed that the spiritual truth found in scripture is woven throughout the movies, television, and literature that our culture (and every culture) produces. In some cases, our poets (authors, filmmakers, and showrunners) knowingly make reference to the Bible. Much of the time they’re simply presenting their beliefs, which happen to agree with the message of Jesus. And sometimes they’re actively trying to show contrary beliefs, but the good news of Jesus shines through anyway.
Either way, we have found that the same story is told again and again, throughout time and places. The same characters appear again and again. We are made to love a specific story, the story in which God is author and hero. It is the Good News, or Gospel, of Jesus Christ. God has not only created us, but he has sought us to save us from disaster, to draw us to Himself. It is a love story, an adventurous epic, a coming of age, a battle between good and evil. This story is found in scripture and in our lives, and it keeps reappearing in all the stories we tell.
Our blog does not contain movie or book reviews in the typical sense. We will not tell you if it’s worth $9 at a theater. We won’t be counting inappropriate scenes to tell parents if they can show it to their children. In fact, we’ll do our best to avoid criticism or complaints that a secular story does not agree with scripture.
Instead, we want to point out well presented truth in movies, TV, and literature. We’re not even aiming to prove anything, but point to stories that have rationally and emotionally argued better than we can. As GK Chesterton wrote,
“People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.”
Let’s revel in that truth together!