I have a love/hate relationship with the media. I love watching captivating stories on television and in movies. But, as a believer, I struggle with whether that hobby glorifies the Lord. After all, whatever I do, whether I eat or drink or whatever I do, I am to do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) So can I justify spending more money on cable TV and movie tickets each year than in missionary support?
Anyone who is familiar with Bowling for Jesus blog posts knows that I often call attention to the fact that movie theaters resemble temples and typical celebrity worship is more fervent than devotion to Jesus. But we have a lot of downtime while we’re here on earth. So is it realistic we should spend every second of it in prayer and spiritual meditation? Is that what God honestly expects of us? I have to admit that, if so, I am in trouble.
I guess that conundrum explains why I wept through most of the movie, God’s Not Dead, which my family and I saw last night at a local movie theater. To pay for a ticket and sit in a capacity-crowd to watch something that not only recognizes God as the maker of the universe and Jesus as His Son was nothing short of amazing. I guess it bothers me more than I realized that almost every theatrical release fails to acknowledge the creator of the universe except to use His name in vain. If the name of our Father and His Son held no power, as so many claim, why would virtually every Hollywood script include them as curse words?
Admittedly, the acting in “God’s Not Dead” isn’t awesome and the script is not without holes. But Kevin Sorbo of Hercules’ fame does a convincing job, as do several others in the cast. And the script is the best one I’ve noted in a Christian production, to date. So, I urge every believer to see the film while it is still in theaters. We need to stand together and send a message to Hollywood that we are not the vocal minority, as they are so fond of suggesting. The outpouring of love and support for Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson during the GQ interview controversy prove that we have voices and opinions and, more to their point of pain — money to spend.
So don’t wait for God’s Not Dead to come out on DVD to see it. Use your money as a vote for more entertainment that glorifies God instead of openly mocking Him. Then, when the film lands on DVD, buy it to share with family and friends. Until we start putting our money where our mouths are, the acting in Christian productions will continue to suffer and the scripts will elicit nothing but justified liberal criticism. I noticed that several secular websites rated the movie 1 out of 5 stars. Pitiful sub-standard efforts like Ishtar fared even better. The bias is clear. So don’t let another Christian movie suffer in the ratings while you pay to see shows like the unbiblical “biblical movie,” Noah.
God’s not dead. He’s surely alive. He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion.
~Until next time, I’ll be Bowling for Jesus