|Posted on September 15, 2010 at 4:12 PM|
I watched “Letters to God” today. Don't worry, I won't give the plot away. The story is about a kid with cancer. The kid takes at least his name from an actual kid who dealt with the same thing. It was preachy and there were a couple moving performances. I can't help wanting Christian media that wrestles with hard issues without being so darn preachy. I mean somebody doesn't have to get saved in every story. There's more to the Christian experience than that. I'm sure there are people writing the kind of work I'm looking for, I'm just not in touch with any of them. What we're seeing these days may be a good move in the right direction.
Then there's this whole thing of portraying characters that model ideal behavior versus showing characters that mirror reality. Not sure how to hold that in tension in a balanced way. Let's face it, Christians are far from perfect individuals. The Bible is unapologetic about this, is far from sentimental about people's faults, and doesn't always condemn bad behavior immediately after it happens. Our media need to catch up (to an ancient book that we consider our primary text, mind you).
That said, I think Christian media needs to be supported by us if we ever want to see changes like this. Yes, if we rent it, it tells the makers we want more preachy stuff like this. But how can they get off the ground if they have no money to do so? We have to rent (or buy) and let our voices be heard, telling them we want more from our movies. "We," that is, if anyone agrees with me.
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