Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Christians Drag Feet to Faith Films

When I heard the news that one of my all time favorite Christian novels was to be made into a film I could hardly contain my delight. When the day finally came for it to show in my town I was early to get a good seat. I was very pleased to see that the theater was anticipating large crowds; they had given it one of their largest rooms. Well guess what? Including my husband and myself there were 8 people in attendance!

Pulpits and palms are pounded with the steam of Christian discontent over the films and movies produced by Hollywood. Fervent prayers are sent to heaven with plea after plea for an answer to this ever increasing symptom of society's degradation.

In the mean time, good Christian folks are diligent to screen every movie to ensure freedom from the potential and practically inevitable launching of objectionable material smack into their sanctity.

Then, lo and behold, out of the rot rise champions who have heard the cry and taken up the challenge to produce beautiful, brave, redeeming films. Christians everywhere loosen their grip on brow soaked hankies and inhale the fresh air of victory. They feel good knowing that change is taking place. They tell their friends. They tell their family and co-workers. The one thing they don't do though is buy a ticket. Oh they plan on it. They talk about it and if they get around to it... well guess what? The theater has yanked it for lack of interest!

Christians need to get their bucks out there quick if they want these new champions to continue with the cause. Many theaters don't want to carry Christian films anyway so if there isn't an immediate pay off the film is dumped.

Will Christians seize this opportunity to stand as a force and a voice for more faith based films? If not then let there be no surprise when future discontent is greeted by a big hand covering a big yawn. It is imperative that Christians understand that complacency is the lukewarm water that will flush foot holds right out from under hope.

Screenit is a good secular tool for separating the good movies from the bad. Movie Guide is a great Christian resource for screening movies and documentaries. Christian Film News will keep you posted on new releases.

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
1 Peter 2:15

Photograph (Theater Seats at Miletus), courtesy Bibleplaces.com.