Why Every Christian Should Watch ‘Blue Planet 2’
By Fin Sheridan
If you’re not already, you’ve got to make watching Blue Planet 2 a priority. Sir David Attenborough’s latest gift to us, a 7 part exploration into the oceans of the world, will make you gasp, laugh and at times, forget to breathe. It’s signature Attenborough. World class cinematography, incredible animals, powerful music (provided by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead) all accompanied by his soothing and excited commentary.
Watching an Attenborough documentary is practically an act of worship. Romans 1 tells us that God’s ‘invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.’ Creation proclaims clearly who God is.
Several times through watching Blue Planet, I’ve found myself filled with wonder. Wonder at the skill and power of God, wonder at his creativity, wonder at what he has done. I think of Colossians 1, where Paul tells us that ‘by him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.’
“The might and power of the sea is simply a trickle compared to the power of God!”
That means that all these things I’m seeing, these fish and whales and birds and water and coral – it’s all made through Jesus and it exists, it’s all held together, because he decides to keep them existing! What a thought!
In episode 1 of Blue Planet 2, the team showed us footage of storms and waves. As I saw it, I thought of the power the sea holds. “Always respect the sea”, my dad used to tell me and my brothers on holiday in Cornwall. And yet, the might and power of the sea is simply a trickle compared to the power of God!
One final thought on Blue Planet 2 before you go and watch. Time and again, Sir David repeated this simple phrase: “And we still don’t know why they do it.” Whether talking about Mobula rays diving out of the water or dolphins surfing the waves along South Africa, science still can’t fully explain all the behaviour of oceanic animals.
Maybe it’s a fanciful thought, but I can’t help wondering – what if they are worshipping? These animals, who know (unlike us rebellious creatures) that Jesus is Lord, might be leaping for joy, leaping in worship, leaping in wonder, even as I watch in amazement. Maybe they are pointing us to something even more amazing, even more compelling. After all, if the stones cry out, why wouldn’t the fishes?