I saw the Passion tonight with a group of twelve people on Saturday night. After the movie Cathy asked the question, “Do you think the movie is an evangelistic movie?” Another version of this question is, “Do you think this will inspire people to be Christians?” or “Would you recommend this movie as a way for a newbie to start out in Christianity?” The consensus answer was, “No”.
It was a tough movie to watch. I didn't react the way I expected. It numbed me. I think it forces all Christians to seriously evaluate their lives. Are we worth it? Through our painful re-evaluation of ourselves we might be able to help those who wandered into the movie and are now powerfully moved. If this movie is to be evangelistic to many people it is because God has humbled us and used our weakness to help others.