By Drew Zahn, WND
First, there was the triumphant Joshua. Then, the confident David. In the book of Ephesians, the Bible describes a warrior who does battle with the very demons of the air, shielded by his faith and holding aloft the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Then, in 1996, Willie Aames of “Eight is Enough” and “Charles in Charge” gave Christian children a purple-clad cornball named Bible Man – and the reputation of the biblical warrior looked like it might never recover.
Hollywood – of all places – has brought back the Ephesians warrior.
“The Book of Eli” offers moviegoers a narrative where the Word of God is humanity’s only hope in a desperate world, and where one, solitary man shielded by his faith, in obedience to Providence, defends the last remaining Bible on earth with prayer, trust in God and one seriously wicked knife.
“The Book of Eli” does not offer a family-friendly, sanitized version of the Christian struggle. The movie’s hero, Eli (played by Denzel Washington), kills his enemies the way King David did – he decapitates them.