Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Passion Recut

In view of the upcoming Easter holiday, I wanted to bring your attention to Mel Gibson's re-release of his Passion of the Christ movie. This time around, the movie has been edited to tone down some of the violence. When the original was released a year ago, my husband and I decided we would see it first, then decide if our children should go.

Every family has to make their own decisions about these kind of matters. It would be legalistic and out of place for us to expect every family to share our viewpoint. For one thing, I think whether to see it or not depends on many factors, not the least of which is the "bent" of each individual child. As an adult, I was upset by the graphic violence, and we felt our children should wait. I doubt they will see Passion: Recut either.

Here is a link to World magazine blog's description and comments on this recut version. The blogger seems disappointed in the new version, saying it loses power and effectiveness, though certainly it's less painful to watch. With or without a movie, I hope this Easter will provide you fresh perspective on the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus on our behalf.

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20