God's People: Noah
That wasn't the case with some of the reviewers of the film. In one of the reviews I read, there was an objection to Noah ending up drunk at the end of the film. There seems to be a need I suppose in some circles to santize some of our Biblical characters.
So, the reviewer should take note, because here we have it: God makes a covenant with Noah and Noah goes ahead and gets drunk and then curses his grandson because his own son - the boy's father - saw him naked.
Poor Canaan is going to suffer for his father's transgression.
For me, there is no need to sanitize Noah. In the whole sweep of Biblical history the hope I keep clinging to is God's devotion to imperfect people. God chooses - and uses - people of all stripes. Even those we might not so much want to associate with ourselves.
Through Noah, God renews creation, and since this story, we all have gotten a little lift in our hearts every time we see a rainbow.
The curse of Canaan will also come into play in the entire Biblical stage. From Shem will come Abraham, whose descendants will be given Canaan as their Promised Land.
If God can make something out of Noah, then God can make something out of anyone. Even you. Even me. Even our most distrusted enemies.
No need to sanitize it.
Prayer: God of all creation, use me for your good will - even when I fall short, which happens more often than I'd like to admit. Amen.