Mel Gibson, star and director of many an action film, has taken on a new
challenge. Gibson, a devout Roman Catholic, felt a compulsion to
produce the most accurate film depiction yet of the life of Christ,
so accurate the characters speak in Aramaic. Gibson has used his
considerable clout to make it happen along with the financing of
about 25 million dollars. When Gibson was thanked for producing the
film he said, “I was afraid not to.”
in the right frame of mind, Gibson went to mass daily. The film star
went on to recount that many people working on the film, including
some agnostics were converted as a result of thinking on what they
were depicting in the movie. There is indeed a power in the person of
Christ. People may criticize the church and even the Bible. Rare is
the person who will say a bad word about Jesus.
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.