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PORTAL: A doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and imposing one. METAPHOR-DU-JOUR: The Fight Right In Front of Us
Credits Where Credit is Due
Thinking that the movie, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” would be about redemption, I went. It was a horrendous and offensive movie about a “Christian.” Surprised by Hollywood?
Scraping up the bottom of the barrel example of a Christ-follower-leader, the producers reduced Christianity to hypocrisy and juiced it up with a tantalizing pendulum that swung between hyper-sexuality and prudishness.
It’s not worth deep-diving into the motivations of the producers. But with an endless amount of great Christian biographies at their disposal, it takes little imagination to figure it out.
There are many Christian movie-makers capable of creating literally hundreds-if-not-thousands of biopics on contemporary and past believers who have lived out their faith and would inspire even the most ardent atheist or skeptic.
Those venturing into the realm of “Holy-Wood” need our money, pure and simple. Quality filmmaking (versus Christian-B movies) does not come without a cost.There are plenty of Christians who have the resources to make this happen. In fact, financially supporting creatives to counter the likes of these cheap-shot movies may be the way patrons of the Christian arts might live out their faith.
Christian producers and artists are in financial-starvation mode. This sometimes creates a vicious cycle of having to compromise with regard to attracting good acting talent, directors, paying a fair wage to screenwriters and covering all of the many costs that are literally written into the credits of a solid movie. Thus, the Christian B-Movie.
Perhaps your name will be on the credits when heaven rolls the list of contributors who answered this critical call.
Hollywood, like Goliath, still spews forth insults about God and his people.
But giants are always susceptible to a slingshot in the hands of the skilled.
[If you or someone you know is in the position of backing worthwhile media projects, there are trustworthy organizations who itching to make an impact in theatrical releases and online media- perhaps the greatest mission field opportunity of all time.]
He comes out to defy Israel… “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin [finely produced movies], but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”…You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God…Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.
1 Samuel :25,45-47 NIV, James 4:4 NIV, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MSG [Editor's brackets, of course]