When so many churches have urged people to see Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ, “why did so few (if any?) promote Terry George’s film?” (George directed Hotel Rwanda). This is the question that Brian McLaren – a nationally recognized author and pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland – asks in the current issue of the journal Leadership. It’s a fact that the Christian community has certainly not turned out to see Hotel Rwanda (grossing only $14,200,000 and is #124 for releases in 2004). By contrast, Passion revenues are over 25 times as much ($370,000,000) and is #3 for 2004. “What do our answers to that question say about us?” By us, McLaren means people of Christian faith. I’m not sure I have answers to that question, but here are two reflections on what this fact might indicate.< Read the rest of this entry »