The other day while at church I began to wonder about other cultures. What would someone that has no clue about Christianity think if they walked into my church?
The church I attend is a very beautiful old-fashioned Catholic church. It has beautiful stained glass and paintings depicting Christ stations before the crucifixion. It also has a medium size (I have seen a lot bigger) Crucifix hanging before the pulpit.
If I had no idea what Christianity was about and I entered a place that has pictures of torture and a human nailed to a cross I would be pretty shaken up. I also began to think about Ty and how those pictures are interpreted inside of his head. We are exposing our kids to all of these pictures and while it is our duty as parents to explain all of it, some of it should be left for a later age.
The Passion of the Christ is another example of a movie that I think is a little to harsh for the non Christian or young viewer. I know lots of Churches of all denomination endorsed the film and had even had some of their young people go see it. What would someone that knows nothing about Christianity think of a film depicting such cruelty to a human being?
I have gone to some protestant churches where there might be a cross but not a crucifix. Some of them don’t even have crosses behind the pulpit. I wonder if Christians of other denomination ever went to a Catholic church they would be shocked by some of the imagery.
I grew up Catholic, I even went to a Catholic high school so I really have no way of knowing if it is as shocking as might imagine. I am still curious to see if anyone out there has felt shocked by some of the imagery either in the movie or a church.