Facets of Faith for March 3, 2012

Can movies, Christianity combine for great effect?

In the early months of each year, people’s thoughts turn to the awards proclaiming the best movies of the previous year.

In churches, sometimes there are complaints that movies don’t offer themes attractive to or appropriate for Christians.

So how does one go about making a Christian film?

First, one has to decide what a Christian film is.

In an article written for Associated Baptist Press, Robert Dilday talked with people who said there is a problem with defining the term “Christian film.”

People in his article listed some reasons:

  • Some use the label to denote a film that has no sex, profanity or violence.
  • Some use the term to mean a movie showing salvation by Jesus.
  • Some mean a film meant to be consumed by Christians.
  • Some mean a film used to bring others into the church.
  • Some mean a film explicitly Christian.
  • Some mean a film with subtle religious themes.

Current movies

One way Christians are finding movies is to make them. Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., has released several including the 2011 “Courageous,” which tells the story of four policemen who, after a tragedy, struggle with faith and their roles in their families.

However, in a second story, Dilday mentions two movies that won Oscars and another that was nominated for three Oscars as suggestions of current movies filled with Christian themes.

“The Tree of Life” stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. It traces a Texas family from the 1950s as a son deals with the loss of innocence and the roles of life and faith.

“The Help” is set in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and looks at the lives of the black women who take care of white families.

“The Descendants” stars George Clooney as a father traveling with his daughters while his wife is on life support from a boating accident.

What’s your thought?

Dilday’s articles list other movies that people found to have Christian themes. Visit http://tinyurl.com/8xru5ry and http://tinyurl.com/8x937hm to see their suggestions.

Then let me know what you think. Questions you may want to consider:

  • What films do you think qualify for this kind of list? Why? What Christian themes are in your picks?
  • How do you define a Christian movie?
  • How do you define a spiritual movie?
  • What about movies about other religions?
  • Are spiritual movies or movies about other religions appropriate for Christians?

Make sure you include your name and town on any correspondence.

Sources: http://www.abpnews.com/; http://www.imdb.com/

Send ideas to Leila Pitchford-English, The Advocate, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0588 or email lenglish@theadvocate.com.