Another Take on UFOs
By now you have heard about the Sixty Minutes episode where top brass from the military talk about the regularity of sightings of UFO's along the east coast. In it we learn that someone out there has a warp speed drive that makes the Millennium Falcon's look like a horse-drawn carriage.
The Christian responses on social media have been fascinating. All of the usual suspects are trotted out: Nephilim (thanks to Chuck Missler and dispensationalism for that), demons, a demonic deception, a conspiracy by globalists, a conspiracy by the US government, fake news by journalists who want to distract us from the next big thing, and so on.
I like to think outside of the evangelical knee-jerk reactions to consider a couple of other possibilities and responses to E.T.
1. They're aliens who are evangelistic.
They've come here in the spirit of Matthew 28:18-20. Eventually they'll land in Washington, D.C. and say, "Take me to your leader." They'll do a presser and announce that we've had it all wrong, Darwin was an idiot, and we should all repent and believe in King Jesus, the King of the Universe. They're E.T.: Evangelistic Terrestrials.
It might make a good film (pay attention, CCO Pittman), but there are some problems with it.
If they're evangelistic, they really suck at it.
Apparently they've been doing this for years and therefore, they don't have much evangelistic urgency. It could debunk the long-held belief in superior intelligence of alien life in one swoop. If they're buzzing our fighter pilots every day for years but they're not dropping some gospel tracts along the way, how much do they really care about eternal souls? If their logic runs, "Hey man, check out our way cool tech. We know this is a felt need. Don't you want to know our secret?" then it won't be much different from the mega-church model of smoke machines and light shows. If they're doing relationship evangelism, they're blowing it.
2. They're aliens who are God-glorifying artists.
Perhaps they are much like the founders of LOOR. They're not looking to evangelize with their tech--they're using it to demonstrate how powerful and beautiful God is. They're rocking their UFO's like the violinist Paganini--simply because they CAN. Evangelism is for every Christian but super-hyper-sonic tech is for aliens who want to demonstrate the glory of God.
I gotta admit--I have a certain preference for this option. Clearly, they've blown the evangelism bit. But they might think, "They've got that covered. Let's show them how amazing God is."
3. They're Chinese and they're testing new tech.
Stick a fork in us--we're done. Learn Chinese.
4. They have nefarious motives.
Perhaps they are here to make us into a slave army, mining pencil lead to fuel their hyper-drives. In that event, we will need to evangelize THEM. Someone will need to learn their language but the good news is they've come to us, so we don't have to worry about cryogenics.
What we can know with certainty is this: if there is life in the rest of the universe, it falls under the dominion of King Jesus. Thomas Chalmers, the Scottish theologian, said that the influence of the gospel would be expected to extend throughout the Universe: "...the plan of redemption may have its influences and its bearings on those creatures of God who people other regions, and occupy other fields in the immensity of His dominions." He went on to say that to suggest that the gospel only has influence on earthly humanity, "is a mere presumption of the Infidel himself" (A Series of Discourses on the Christian Revelation, Viewed in Connection with Modern Astronomy. Glasgow: Printed for William Collins, 1830. p. 122).
Or perhaps, as CS Lewis speculates, they are unfallen Martians and Angelic Planetary Spirits here to help fight the devil and his demon hordes using the N.I.C.E. to accomplish their nefarious takeover of England.
In conclusion, if you want to support visionaries who are thinking outside of the box, you don't want Pureflix. You want LOOR. We don't take ourselves all that seriously. We're goofy enough to make a film about evangelistic aliens (or at least talk about it) and if someone gives us the chance, we'll try it. Nashville doesn't have the chops--you know it's true. We are almost done with our SAFE round of investment. But there's still time. If you're accredited at $50k or higher, give us a shout.
Ayn Rand wrote about the elevation of the lowest common denominator in society as a distinctly communist threat.
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