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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Not the Messiah!!!

Although I have another couple of posts from our few days away, the following - that was awaiting me when I logged in to my e-mails - would seem to be a priority matter, at least for those of us who love, and seek (however imperfectly) to honour the Lord Jesus.

CLASSIC FM PROMOTING 'NOT THE MESSIAH'

Classic FM are promoting the showing of the blasphemous 'Not the Messiah', on the Classic FM website and in trailers. 'Not the Messiah' is by Monty Python's Eric Idle. It is being screened in cinemas this Thursday (25th). It is a musical version of 'The Life of Brian' in which Brian gets mistaken for the real Messiah and is crucified. Well-meaning people will urge us to see it all as not about Christ but about Brian and to see the funny side.

But the film sponges off the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and this mock-oratorio parodies the glorious music of Handel's masterwork. It is even billed as 'a spoof of Handel's Messiah'. It has the song from 'Life of Brian' which 'Brian' sang while hanging from the cross, 'Always look on the bright side of life.' Crucifixion is not funny. It even has 'Hail to the Shoe' sung to the music of the Hallelujah Chorus. That isn't funny either.

While pretending 'Not the Messiah' is not blasphemous or offensive, Idle is well aware of what he is doing - mocking the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Eric Idle: "There is no controversy .. it's only people stupid enough to realise Christ is in the movie twice, and Christ isn't Christ, so there's no real controversy... It's very simple - you either get it or you don't."

But Eric Idle is an avowed atheist and a supporter and reader of both Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. He has a song on Atheist Nexus: 'F*** Christmas'. This is a man with an agenda and a big anti-Christ chip on his shoulder. I think we get it. He is out to mock religion and people of faith; and it's a great pity that Classic FM has joined him, showing contempt for their Christian listeners.

It is worth taking a look at the LIBRETTO: The show opens with the words: 'The Book of Brian'. It then mocks the Biblical apocalypse, which it calls 'Apocalypso', blasphemes the Christian doctrines of the awesomeness of God and depravity of man, refers to 'The Evangelist Monty' - and we are still only on page 3 of a 22-page libretto. Instead of the shepherds glorifying God, they ask 'is it AD yet?' and sing about how much they love sheep. Take a look, and see if all you hold dear isn't being dragged through the mud, vilified and ridiculed.

EMI pulled the funding of a 2007 DVD release of 'The Life of Brian' after the CEO read the script. Classic FM should have kept well away from 'Not the Messiah' as well.

PRAY: that Classic FM will pull all the trailers and the competition they are running for this event. Pray that audiences will not turn up at the cinemas. Pray that atheist Eric Idle will repent and turn to the Christ he is mocking.

EMAIL: darren.henley@classicfm.com (Managing Director). Copy to requests@classicfm.com
Let Mr Henley know that his promotion of 'Not the Messiah' offends and insults you and Almighty God. If you are a regular listener, tell him so. Ask him to stop promoting it on Classic FM.

I have read the Libretto, and would wish to emphasise just two lines:

"Everyone reaps
The seeds they have sown" (p.14)

Mr Idle should take due notice of his own words - he will, eventually, discover their truth!

4 comments:

nullifidian said...

I'd like to know how you know it offends your god.

Brian Ross said...

Hi nullifidian.

As I state in the post, I have gone to the the trouble of actually reading through the libretto (that's the words!) - which is also why I have been able to quote from it, and give the precise page reference. I have also bee able to confirm the additional references that are given in the e-mail that I received, and that alerted me to this situation.

nullifidian said...

No, that's how you know what it contains.

How do you know that those words offend you god?

Brian Ross said...

The simple answer to your question would be that it appears that I know my God better than you do – even as I know my wife better than you do! However, I doubt that you would be satisfied with that, true as I suspect it to be.

There are a number of passages in the Bible – which I believe to be the inspired Word of God (and am not prepared to enter into a discussion on that with someone who has contacted me totally anonymously!) – that make clear that mockery of that which is holy is considered to be as unacceptable in the sight of the holy God as is direct blasphemy. Intention, it is also made clear, is as sinful as the activity.

Therefore, when there are clear allusions to the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus (from p.18); when the perversion of transvestitism is condoned, if not applauded (p.19); when the instruction is given to “Forget about your sin” (p.21); to give but three examples, then I am as certain as I can be that the God Whom I worship finds it offensive.