Like many ministers, I used the popularity of Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ to focus attention in the church on what we believe about Jesus Christ. But I declined to tell people whether or not they should buy a ticket to see the film.
At the end of my series of sermons related to it, a friend pushed back gently by suggesting that I was wrong to say that the world is divided between people who love The Passion and those who hate it. “There’s a third group,” she said. “We may be bigger than the other two, and we’re feeling a little marginalized. We’re the ones who aren’t going to see the movie, who won’t go to any violent movies because we think violence in the media contributes to the violence all around us. We don’t care about the movie, and we think you are paying entirely too much attention to it.” She went on: “There are two kinds of people: those who think there are two kinds of people and those who know there are many kinds.”