Anna’s Heart on…
Destructive Criticism in Movies
Criticism can also be the analysis and judgment of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work.
Both of these are accurate and no one really likes to be criticized, even if it’s constructive criticism. Today I want to talk to you about HOW we criticize as Christians, especially in regards to Christian Films.
There is one film in particular I’ll give as an example here. ‘Noah‘. This was not made by a Christian so most people didn’t have too high expectations from it, other than a good movie. Even though there was moments of greatness within it, the overall message was really odd. Even I was particular more harsh than I normally am in reviewing films. I try to look for the best within every film I watch. (I have since repented of this).
Whether we like a Christian film or not, we should not join in the destructive criticism that tends to attack the film or filmmaker personally. Unfortunately this is the majority of criticism that I observe (not from unbelievers…but from believers).
I’ve heard it said that if we haven’t prayed for that person (or even for that film) then we should say nothing negative about them or the film. When we pray for someone or about something, it draws our hearts to love the individual which leads us to be more gentle and kind and if we need to speak the truth, may it be done in love.
We can sow either good seed or bad seed into someone’s life. It’s not too difficult to discern between the two. You might ask, well what good did ‘Noah’ do? A lot! Because of people praying, believers had a chance to talk with unbelievers about the truth of God’s Word and all the error led some to search the Scriptures to find out the truth. That is the good seed that can come as a result of prayer.
It’s important to pray and to speak life always, and remember Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
We can be safe if we pray and remember to follow I Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Forgive the people who have hurt you, take what they said and pray and see if there is any truth to what they said and learn and grow from the experience so you can work even more faithfully for Jesus.
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