“But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.” (2 Peter 3:5-6 NIV)

In 1928 Dolores Costello and George O’Brien appeared in the film “Noah’s Ark”. This Friday, in theaters across America, it happens again. Director Darren Aronofsky’s much-anticipated cinematic production opens. Starring Russell Crowe (above pictured as Noah) and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, “Noah” is the first attempt in 86 years to bring the Ark to the screen as a realistic full-length movie. Genesis 6-10 contains most of what we know about Noah and the Great Flood. Aronofsky’s creative imagination supplies viewers with the rest.

It’s curious that in this mega-million dollar “Noah” epic they couldn’t fit in one mention of God’s name. How did this dramatic account of God’s judgment become about polluting the environment?

Forget about the criticism. I’m struck by the timing of “Noah”. Why now? Elijah, my friend and blog co-writer, offered this: “The Lord is sending one more warning. God will judge the wicked again.”

Even a watered-down version of a global catastrophe makes a point. Controversy surrounding the film has served God’s purpose: The Flood was not fable or fiction; it was fact. God’s wrath was stirred once; destruction followed. Is not his righteous anger prepared to destroy again?

Jesus said it. “As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.” (Matthew 24:37-39a NIV)

God could use “Noah” to stir holy fear in the hearts of many. But will it bring true repentance? More likely it will be as Jesus said. Audiences will go about their lives, unable to make a connection with impending judgment.