Anna’s Heart on…
Christian Films No One Really Wants to Watch
Hmm…are there really films that no one REALLY wants to watch? Or Maybe it’s just me.
Roger and I have been watching Christian movies since we first became Christians, since around 1989. That’s a LONG time. The very first Christian film I had seen, besides ‘Jesus of Nazareth‘, was ‘China Cry‘. What a powerful film, based on a true story, with a fabulous showing of faith and miracles and hardships. This began my extreme love for Christian films, and especially the true ones.
Christian movies should have at least 4 of these 5 purposes:
1) Glorify God (In EVERY film made by a Christian).
2) Reach people for Christ.
3) Strengthen the faith of a believer or bring encouragement to the believer.
4) An agenda that compels the believer or non-believer to repent or come up higher to be more like Jesus. (In EVERY film made by a Christian)
5) Bathed in prayer for the Holy Spirit’s power to be on the film and reaching out to everyone that watches it. (In EVERY film made by a Christian)
These are not just my personal preferences. God’s standard is found in His Word and it is a HIGH and holy standard. Our purpose, as Christians, in all we say and do, is to glorify Him and we glorify Him by bearing fruit…
John 15:8 – Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bare much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Let’s face it…we all have things we have to do and things we like to do. At CFDb, we review a LOT of films. Although we reviewed about 400 films on CFDb, we’ve watched at least 600 or more and I think that is a low estimate.
We laugh when we hear people complain about bad acting in Christian movies like ‘God’s Not Dead‘. If you think that is bad acting, then you haven’t seen near enough movies, Christian or Secular, especially Sci-fi. Some of those are fun to watch, but we never watched for the acting. I think the people that said the acting was bad in that film, just didn’t like the film and wanted to find something to say about to tear it apart.
We LOVE to review Christian movies…most of the time, but there are times when we review lower quality movies that aren’t very good. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are some amazing Christian movies that really are inspiring that are low budget, but not always.
Those are the ones that make me sad, just like the ones that take the Lord’s name in vain, or put sensuality or nudity, crude humor and/or foul language in their “Christian” films.
Every one of us should come up higher, especially for the Christian. We serve an awesome God and we should produce the best for Him in all we say and do. I realize we don’t all SEE the flaws in our work, me included, but that is why we have each other to help lift each other up and encourage each other.
And…before we try and help someone else see their faults (in any way), we should pray and we should love…even those we disagree strongly with, like the maker of ‘Noah‘. Even though the film wasn’t really worth watching, it sparked some great conversations between believers and non-believers…and that IS a good thing. Everyone needs prayers. Who knows what God is doing in that filmmaker’s heart. A few years from now he might be converted and produce some really amazingly accurate Christian films. That’s my prayer.
Opinion = a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something : what someone thinks about a particular thing. (or movie).
God gave us free will, and the USA gave us free speech, (Well mostly anyway, that’s a whole different topic).
Every person is entitled to their own opinion. There may be some Christian movies that are lower quality that we don’t like, but someone else may come to Christ through that film. That is fabulous news. Our God is awesome like that!
My opinion really doesn’t matter that much, but I would encourage everyone to encourage each other to come up higher and if there is any question as to how to do that…
This is the ONLY place we should be getting our final opinions from.
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