I was having a conversation with a fellow columnist at lunch Monday and the subject of Mel Gibson’s movie came up. This Pulitzer Prize winner got to the heart of the controversy about the movie when he told me that those who oppose it are using its alleged and non-existent anti-Semitism as an excuse and a cover for something else.
He said the real issue is that they oppose Jesus and his primary message. He is absolutely right.
One journalist I know says the movie should have been about Jesus’ “godly sayings,” and yet what Jesus said about God, about himself, about sin and redemption this writer would rather ignore.
Political and religious liberals want to cherry-pick what Jesus said about the poor, for example, and translate that into a government program and higher taxes.
You can’t subdivide Jesus. He is a complete package. My friend is right about the film and about Jesus. Wise men still seek him, but foolish men and women still oppose him. And that’s what the opposition to “The Passion of the Christ” is really all about.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.