Even though I’m sure everyone is already having a fantastic Ash Wednesday, this will surely brighten the day for those who are not! Everybody’s favorite movie star – yes, I am talking of the Nicolas Cage – is set to star in a mainstream remake of everybody’s favorite movie – Left Behind!
Seriously, who decided to give this the green light!? I can only imagine the reasoning behind it is that there are lots of American evangelicals who will pay top dollar to see this book made into a movie again, despite the fact that the book series and the original movie adaption (starring Kirk Cameron) were terrible and worthless. The theology underlying the Left Behind nonsense is beyond atrocious. For those unaware of how it started, the pre-tribulation rapture idea is found in nascent form in the early twentieth-century (due to Margaret McDonal and Edward Irving), and was then developed by John Nelson Darby into the dispensationalist pre-tribulationism that we (unfortunately) find running rampant in some corners of Christianity today. How on earth is this nonsense so popular amongst American evangelicals? I mean, it has no historical pedigree in the church and is entirely devoid of biblical basis! Wait, I think I just answered my own question.
*Possible spoiler alert*
I have it on good authority that the plot in this remake is going to have Nicolas Cage discover that on the back of the Declaration of Independence is the original copy of the Gospel of Mark! Furthermore, at the end of the tribulation, when Jesus and company return, they will issue forth out of the heavens from just above Mount Rushmore.
Also, here is the first pic of this wonderful remake…