It has been a grim week for the planet, but the movie Noah offers a glimmer of hope by delivering a spectacular wake-up call to Christians – reminding them that it is God’s creatures who are going extinct and God’s jewel of a planet that is being destroyed.
We all know the biblical story of Noah: humans have wandered far from the Garden of Eden, with immoral cities, plundering and killing. The movie Noah adds an interesting twist that makes the story jump into the 21st century – the most visible evil is how humans are befouling the earth. As the movie begins, we find Noah and his family living in an odd wilderness. Later, when they begin their journey to discover God’s vision for Noah, we suddenly realize that the wilderness is a forested area that has been completely, ruthlessly, denuded of trees and top soil by heedless human farmers.
The cruel and disheveled people they meet on their journey are literally starving to death as the earth becomes barren under the weight of human development. Only Noah seems able to recognize the beauty and worth of the animals, plants, and birds that struggle to share the planet with these ravenous humans.
The movie has a series of unexpected plot twists that put everyone in the family under intense moral strain but throughout, the sense of wonder and reverence for the creatures and the fullness of life on the plant remains a constant – right down to Noah’s final words after the flood, asking his family to replenish, not subdue, the earth.