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More Comments on Mel's Movie
by Bob Cheeks
25 March 2004

Mel Gibson may have used artistic license here and there, but his interjections only underscored and highlighted Gospel themes.

Dame fortune smiled on the beloved first wife and me this past weekend when we managed to see Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of the Christ! We had gone to the theatre (Tinseltown) the week before but the movie was sold out, so we dined on steak, salmon, and a decent Merlot, somewhat disappointed, but at least sated. I can’t remember ever being denied access to a movie because it was sold out, but, to be honest, eastern Ohio -- where we live -- is not known as a hotbed of cultural activity.

The beloved first wife, an erudite Biblical scholar, gave the movie her nihil obstat quominus imprimatur, thus rendering any Scriptural criticism moot. Yes, we are aware that Brother Gibson utilized “artistic” license here and there, but to tell you the truth I think his interjections only underscored and highlighted Gospel themes. I was particularly intrigued with the spiritual appearance of Satan who was having a really bad day. And, the scene where Jesus is working on a “big” table as his mother calls him for dinner, only served to define the human essence of the Incarnate Word.

The scurrilous charge that Brother Gibson engaged in anti-Semitism is an invidious calumny of the lowest order, pronounced by either blithely ignorant moral relativists or Hollywood princelings ensconced in La La Land. The statement that Mel won’t be working in Hollywood anytime soon leads me to suggest that he might consider my hometown, East Liverpool, Ohio, as an excellent location for his movie studio; we’re a little thin on employment these days.

Another scene pregnant with spiritual relevance was when Christ’s mother and Mary Magdalene mopped up the blood of our Lord. Every orthodox Jew and Christian understands the Blood Covenant and that scene worked to visually describe the spiritual significance.
But Gibson’s depiction of Christ’s crucifixion, those three hours separated from the Father and his plaintive cry; “Eli, Eli, lama sabach thani,” defined Christ’s greatest suffering. A spiritual suffering we mortals can never know or even begin to comprehend. It was the price required to allow man the opportunity to gain the presence of God!

And, though we live in “…the darkening twilight of Christendom,” The Passion of the Christ has lit a brilliant beacon that will light the way for many who have dwelt in darkness. So here’s to Mel Gibson, may he have a long life, and continue to exercise his artistic creativity in the manner he chooses, not Jeffrey Katzenberg or David Geffen. Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of the Christ, is simply the finest movie we’ve ever seen!
Bob Cheeks has written for The American Enterprise, Human Events, Southern Partisan, and The Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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