Film and television producers have increasingly been turning to the Bible for ideas for new plots and scripts. Unfortunately, these producers, like those behind the blasphemous Noah movie and the highly disappointing A.D. The Bible Continues TV series, usually butcher what the biblical text actually says. As a result, such programs can often make a mockery of the character of the biblical figures. Well, a new show reportedly coming to ABC TV this fall only appears to further this trend.
Of Kings and Prophets is described on the ABC website as “An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.” Apparently the show will be based on the Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel.
The trailer for this show recently came out, and researcher Avery Foley viewed it and made the following comments:
Based on the two-minute trailer that ABC recently released, Of Kings and Prophets is not going to accurately portray what Scripture says about the characters and events of 1 and 2 Samuel. The brief trailer is full of violence which, admittedly, is a part of wartime in any era including in Old Testament times, but the violence is accompanied with plenty of unnecessary gore. The trailer is also full of raunchy, inappropriate content, which includes the hint that David and King Saul’s wife were having an affair. Based on the trailer, it doesn’t look as if the producers of this show will honor the biblical portrayal of the characters and will stray far from what the text actually says happened. I fear that the producers will take the basic storyline from parts of 1 and 2 Samuel and make them into something that little resembles God’s Word.
Sadly, few producers seem to respect the Bible, so when they bring it to the big screen, it really has very little in common with what the Bible actually says. The really unfortunate part is that a lot of people won’t bother going back to the Bible to see what the text really says! As our culture becomes more and more secularized and drifts further and further from biblical truth, we can only expect to see more of the Bible being handled in such a cavalier way.
In recent times, many Christians have applauded such movies, claiming they will ultimately direct people to the Bible. Is this really happening on a significant scale, though? I suggest not. When are Christians going to take a stand on God’s Word as we should? Isn’t it time to draw the line and stop justifying such blatant disregard for the text of Scripture?
If you enjoy Bible- or Christian-themed movies and are looking for an alternative to shows like Of God’s and Kings, I encourage you to check out the films Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus (an exciting documentary on the Exodus from Egypt) or Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods (a drama about the Christian martyr Polycarp). They are excellent Christian alternatives that are safe for the whole family.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.