Why All Christians Must Respond to the DVC
People critical of Christian's response to the DVC make two common complaints (among others!) ... Here they are along with a bit of a response.
Criticism #1. All of the protest is actually helping promote the book and the movie.
Yes the whole commotion does help fuel interest at some level, but remember that there were more than 40M copies of the book sold before the movie was ever seen by anyone. That in and of itself thrust the topic into the mainstream, by definition. Once there, it is the obligation of anyone with a whit of faith and understanding of their actual obligations as Christians to at least try, in our clumsy, broken, often ineffective ways, to witness to truth.
Criticism #2. The fact the Church is getting so defensive over all this screams there’s truth in it to me. Otherwise, they wouldn’t care.
First of all, if the Church did not respond at all many people would take that as a sign that the allegations must be true. So the Church has had a variety of responses, roughly proportionate to the rising level of the conversation in popular culture.
As to the nature of the response, the Church is simply trying to explain the truth. While some of us, in our human weakness, occasionally get frustrated or impatient, that is just what it is - a reflection of our own personal struggles, not that of the collective Church.
Is it possible that anyone is seriously suggesting that the Church shouldn't answer these attacks? Suppose that someone walked up to you while you were eating dinner with some friends at a restaurant, and started screaming that your older brother was an incorrigible liar, that you're a hypocritical fake, and that a distant relative whom you really admired for the way they'd lived a simple and honest life after recovering from some debilitating addictions, had in fact all along been living a secret and dishonest life with your brother, and that your mother had known all this but was consistently lying to cover it all up.
You ask that person to stop but they scream all the louder.
Now that same person goes on to say that you should be paying them to scream at you, and that if you don't you are afraid of the truth and a fascist. Could it be possible, just possible that you might suggest to that person that they are not in firm grasp of the facts?
Especially when that person not only doesn't go away, they jump up onto your table and start stomping up and down on the table while they scream even louder. I think most folks might take exception to that sort of an intrusion.
While not a perfect analogy (of course none ever are), I hope that this helps you get a little sense of part of the reason why the collective Church, as well as each individual Christian must respond.