Shouldn’t ‘coming to Christ’ involve Christ?

World magazine recently ran an interview with Brian Ivie, the director of Drop Box. Overall the interview [subscription required] is pretty encouraging but I couldn’t shake the feeling that the title to the interview–The Drop Box director on coming to Christ–assumes details that the story lacks.

Warren Cole Smith, the author and interviewer, mentions Christ in his introduction and in a question (i.e. “Did working on this film lead you to Christ. . .?”). For his part Ivie states “I became a Christian while making this film” and that “What I didn’t expect is that when I was going to go make a film about saving Korean babies that God was going to save me.”

But Ivie never actually speaks of coming to Christ.

Ivie speaks of “sacrificial” love but doesn’t mention the one who made the sacrifice. He points to the Father’s love but the Father’s Son–the embodiment & demonstration of the Father’s love–never gets so much as a nod.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that Ivie isn’t a Christian. I know the published form of an edited interview isn’t a true test of a man’s salvation. I just find it strange that in an interview that purports to survey one man’s journey to Christ, the reader never learns of the subject closing on Christ!

No one reads The Odyssey without expecting to read of the hero reaching his destination and reuniting with his true love. No, we expect that we’ll hear of Ithaca and Penelope because that’s where the author says Odysseus is going. We could assume that the character makes it in the end but at what cost?

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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