Do you enjoy watching The Chosen? Does it give you a greater appreciation and understanding of the Biblical narrative? Does it make you love Jesus more?
In this podcast clip from Father Simon Says, Jeff calls in to discuss the hit TV show. He expresses his concerns about the artistic liberties taken in the portrayal of certain biblical events, particularly the Sermon on the Mount in the season 2 finale. Jeff feels that the stage and setting used in the show seemed more like a modern rock concert than an authentic representation of the biblical story. He also questions whether Jesus would have needed a stage and props to deliver his teachings.
Fr. Simon acknowledges Jeff’s concerns and explains that while “The Chosen” strives to make the backstory plausible within the context of the scriptures, there are instances where artistic license may have been taken. He points out that the biblical account describes Jesus going up the mountain and speaking to his disciples in a simple manner, not staging a grand production. Fr. Simon also highlights other powerful moments in the series, such as the multiplication of the loaves and the walking on water.
Father praises “The Chosen” as a great work with broad appeal to Christians and mentions that it has consulting input from various religious perspectives, including Catholic, Messianic Jewish, and evangelical viewpoints. He also expresses some concerns about the state of evangelical Christianity and how megachurch culture has evolved into a form of entertainment. Do you agree?