It’s always nice to hear a Christian admitting what we’ve all known for a long time:
The term Christian film has become synonymous with substandard production values, stilted dialogue and childish plots. Why is Christian film no more than a side note to modern culture? Why are Christians left behind?
Rather than developing organically, the average Christian film is more pushy and sanctimonious than the global-warming agenda movies. Violence is almost non-existent, salty language never happens, unmarried people never struggle with lust and evil is never very bad, because showing various forms of sin is not allowed. By movie’s end, everyone is converted with no residual issues. Life is reduced to an after-school special with prayer thrown in for good measure. For me, this is where the dry heaving begins.
Restrictions on content are there, presumably, because people believe it to be biblical. Such restrictions keep me from producing a movie accurate to Scripture, itself. It is a tough argument to think modern Christians cannot handle a simple kiss or rough language when God allowed Joshua to slaughter thousands behind the walls of Jericho.
It’s not just Christian movies, though. This is a symptom of a larger problem.
Christian music often has to have a certain number of JPMs (Jesus-per-minute).
Christian video games are just awful.
Christian comedians barely register in pop culture. (Quick: Name one!)
When I wrote I Sold My Soul on eBay, my Christian publishers were excellent to work with and never tried to change the true meaning of what I was writing. But my editor’s suggestions were often along the lines of, “Christians will tune out if you say this that bluntly. You have to tone it down for them.”
It all speaks to this idea you have to be gentle with Christians or they won’t be able to handle it. You must sanitize what you present to them because they won’t be able to take it if you’re “too real.” Christians so often create their own insulated, isolated reality because the real world doesn’t agree with their views. You have to treat Christian beliefs with kid gloves. Any deviation must be resisted.
No wonder non-Christians don’t pay much attention to Christian pop culture. We prefer the truth, no matter what tone it takes, no matter what it tells us. You’ll never hear the phrase, “Be careful what you say. You might offend the atheists!”
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