Movie Review: Roadmap Genesis

February 8, 2015

Does the book of Genesis impact our lives today? Is it still relevant? Should we teach it to our children? Can the truths of Genesis steer humanity in the direction of unity? These questions and more are included in the documentary Roadmap Genesis. Please join me for a review of the movie.

Before I begin, here's some information about the documentary and the filmmaker.
Roadmap Genesis is a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life that will help our society lift itself out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment. 
When Filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz found himself at a crossroads in his life, he knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood suspense thrillers that were his livelihood and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis. 
He decided to combine his love of the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking and set out to travel the United States, interviewing clergy and public figures in order to build an undeniable argument about the continued importance of the Book of Genesis as guiding force in our Judeo-Christian country. 
Roadmap Genesis invites Americans of all faiths to engage in a dialogue about the relevance of the Bible in the modern age. Through interviews ranging from Gov. Mike Huckabee of Fox News Channel to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, from Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and many, many more, Nolan explores the rules that God has set forth to help us maintain a successful and working society. 
Here is the trailer for Roadmap Genesis:

Keeping in mind that this was a documentary rather than a scripted film with characters, setting, and special effects, I settled in for what I thought would be an intellectual look at the book of Genesis. The creation account, the flood, the Tower of Babel, etc. were all part of Genesis, so I prepared to see an apologetics (defending the faith) approach to the Bible. Or, maybe gain an evangelical tool in sharing the gospel with others. While it was interesting, it remained lightweight -- simply touching the surface of the truth within the book.

There were a few insightful moments in the film that stirred my thinking. First, we naturally get our creativity from God. In Genesis 1:27, it says, "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (NKJV) Therefore, if God created us in HIS likeness, then we are equipped with a built-in ability to create things in the world around us. It's understandable, then, that our country was established with manufacturing as it's largest industry.

Second, the punishment at the Tower of Babel still affects us today. We see chaos in the world and still are troubled with understanding each other, and we are not living by the biblical command to love one another. We take the order that God initially created, and create chaos. Upon serious examination, would there be the racism or the religious persecution we see today had the people of Babel not decided they were equal to God?

Lastly, many people perceive the Bible to be outdated or irrelevent. They find it difficult to relate scripture to their daily lives. Perhaps the reason for this is because we question God's authority. We have decided that we know more than God, and want our own way in this world. Who does this sound like? The people of Babel. We find out from this account that pride led to God scattering them across the planet. We don't have to relive history if we can correct our perception of God, placing ourselves back in submission to the power and authority of God.

The few insights I described above are most significant takeaways I found in Roadmap Genesis. The filmmaker's intention was to show that people can make the world a better place, as well as leave a legacy for their children. This documentary may be likeable for people of many faiths. As an evangelical Christian, I believe it could go further indepth as the foundation for the gospel message. Genesis is the beginning, but it certainly doesn't stop there. I would encourage everyone to find truth for their lives by exploring the entire Bible. Allow God to speak to you through His Word, for in it you will discover His amazing power, mercy, grace, and love for you and your family.

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