Here he is, reaching into a deep treasure trove of cultural kitsch to teach the elementary lesson that he who marries the current fashion will soon be a widower.
It is the decreed fate of Christians, ordained by God Almighty, that those who will not fearlessly create culture without regard for what is trendy and with regard only for the true, good, and beautiful (as, for instance, Tolkien did), shall be doomed to imitate pop culture trends just as they have passed their sell-by date. The surest proof that flash mobs, for instance, have jumped the shark is that some big mega-church is now leaping on the bandwagon just as everybody else has leapt off. It’s why Christian music always sounds like stuff that was big five years ago and Christian movies always are just getting around to incorporating cinematic tricks that were hot five years ago. Christians used to create culture. Now we create stuff with ad campaigns that say not “This is a good movie and everybody will want to see this” but “This is a movie you should see because it’s Christian.”
[/inner Barbara Nicolosi]