by Mike Ratliff
I previewed a movie today that had the simple title, “Zeitgeist.” Before I give you my impression of it, let’s define what the term “Zeitgeist” means. My Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, published in 1983, defines “Zeitgeist” as, “the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era.” That sounds innocuous enough doesn’t it? However, after I started viewing the film, I became aghast, as it was a direct attack against God, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Christian religion. The narrator came across as one deriding all religion, but the focus of Part I of the film was to present Christianity as a form of Astrology and Man as a product of evolution.
I watched some of the movie then quit because I just could not take the outright paganism of it. After I quit watching the movie I did some research where I learned that “Zeitgeist” refers to the ethos of a select group of people, that express a particular (predominantly post-modern) world view, which is prevalent at a particular period of socio-cultural progression. The source also said that “Zeitgeist” could only be observed for past events.
The focus of the film was to present all of the world’s problems as results of the work of small groups of people who manipulate the masses through intimidation and lies coming from religion, global markets, patriotism, and a corrupt media. The narrator stated that the religious leaders of today and down through history have always been in league with the elite at the top who pulled the strings to get what they want by dividing up the people into small groups.
The filmmakers attempted to disparage Christianity in order to destroy what they saw as something that divided people. The wanted the viewer to seek to join everyone together across all racial, national, and religious boundaries in order to defeat the moves by the elitists to divide and conquer. Part of the fear mongering they used was to present the conspiracy theory that there is a small group of very powerful people, the elite, who are attempting to form a One World Government and force everyone to take an VChip implanted in the body.
I am very familiar with the Eschatology views from the Bible. I know about the Mark of the Beast and the AntiChrist, etc. However, this film was anti-Christian. I wondered about that as I started my research. The film showed G.W. Bush and other members of the US Government as it derided their moves to join the United States with Mexico and Canada as one Union with one currency and one government. Their implication was that the Religious Right keeps the ones in power who are doing these things. Therefore, all Christianity is wrong and must be replaced with a new form of religion that is Earth friendly and does not divide up people by their religious beliefs or for any other reason.
If you are at all familiar with what I write then you know that I do not believe that Genuine Christianity should become involved with the world by becoming mingled with politics or any secular institutions that cause them to become self-focused rather than God-focused. Christians need to come together in local bodies to worship God and be edified by fellowship and preaching from the Word. There should never be any emphasis within this having to do with political activism of any kind other than being always ready to give an account of and contend for our faith.
As I did my research on “Zeitgeist” I was struck by the similarity of the rhetoric from these neo-pagans with that which we hear from the Emergent and New Evangelism crowd. The desire to tear down and reform or replace Christianity is found in both. Universalism is the common thread. The drive to unite everyone no matter what differences exist has seemed very puzzling to me over the last year or so that I have been writing these posts. However, I now see where it is coming from.
Another common thread throughout the movie was that they perceived that those in power, including religious leaders, equated truth with their authority rather than their authority coming from the truth. That is another area in which I have struggled in my communications with the Emergents, and the New Evangelicals. When I spoke the truth from Scripture, they seemed to respond as if I was speaking from my self-anointed authority rather than speaking the truth. Their responses always puzzled me. Now I believe I understand why they refused to listen.
What should our response be to these of the Post-Modern Zeitgeist? We must pray for those in it. We must tell them the truth and back that up with scripture. We must never stop contending for the faith. Our focus should be on these things rather than on political activism. We should take care of the poor and always be ready to share our faith with the lost. We must not become unequally yoked with unbelievers nor should we bring the world into our worship services.
If you would like to view the movie “Zeitgeist” then click here. I would suggest that you pray first for wisdom and discernment. To God be the glory.