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Anna’s Heart on Compromise in Christian Movies

Anna’s Heart on…
Compromise in Christian Movies

 

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Do Christian Filmmakers ever compromise?  The answer is YES.  The real question is should they?  That is what I was to talk about today.

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Let’s face it, compromise is sometimes a really good thing.  Unity is a wonderful thing, and Biblical…but what about compromising principles to reach a certain audience.

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What I think really doesn’t matter.  What you think really doesn’t matter.  What the Christian or Non-Christian thinks doesn’t really matter.  There is only ONE that matters…and that is God.  So we have to go to His Word to find out about what He thinks.  We go to His Word to find out what pleases Him and what doesn’t please Him.  If the Bible says it…that settles the issue for me.

Psalm 119:11 – Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.  A great place to start…reading His Word to find out what we are supposed to do.  The Bible has all the answers we are looking for.  They may not be what we WANT to hear…but it’s the truth.

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Foul Language – yeah…what about it?  I realize that there are a LOT of professed Christians that still use cuss words, or even take the Lord’s name in vain.  Does that make it right?

If a film is being made for a Christian and there is foul language in it, what is the message?  The message is that it’s ok for Christians to use foul language.

If the film is being made for a non-Christian and there is foul language in it, the message is that it’s ok for Christian to use foul language.   The message is exactly the same.

Some argue, it’s just acting. Really?  If a director or scriptwriter includes foul language in their film and then ask the actor/actress to use that language, are they not causing that person to sin?

Proverbs 1:10 – My Son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good, to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Colossians 3:8-10 – But now ye also put of all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

If the Bible says it’s wrong, what right do we have to say it’s ok because it’s in a movie?

proverbs_17_22_greeting_card-rdf0be55aa8f04fcbb059a8187c3e8d92_xvuak_8byvr_512A merry heart is a heart that is at peace with God, not just laughter.  Laughter is lovely…when it’s appropriate.  When does laughter become inappropriate.  We all know the answer although we don’t like to admit it.  Laughter at the expense of someone else is NOT a good thing.

When a Christian puts crude humor or inappropriate humor such as sexual innuendos…what message does that send?  It sends the message that Christians are no different from the world, in fact, they embrace it.

When I see a movie with crude humor in it I feel ashamed.  Ashamed that I watched it, even by accident, and saddened for the people that made the film or acted the part.  God wants us to come up higher.

I Thessalonians 4:7 – For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

immorality1Immorality is not a God value either…

There is a way to show bad scenes tastefully.  A gifted filmmaker can show sexual immorality easily without actually showing anything immoral.  There are so many films, Christian and non Christian that have tasteful films that leave you praising God and thanking God and encouraged in your faith or the knowledge that seeds have been sown for truth.

There is no reason for risque scenes or low cut outfits.  We need to come up higher in every area.

Ephesians 5:3,4 – But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks.

Bloodthirsty-FontViolence never used to bother me much, but lately it’s become painfully apparent that we’ve become a bloodthirsty society…similar to Rome.  Maybe we aren’t watching it live like it was in Rome, but what are we really watching?  What are the movies we really enjoy.  We need to ask ourselves, “Is God pleased with what I watch?”

I’m not saying there should be no violence whatsoever in films, that wouldn’t be realistic, especially for some of the true stories, but it can be tastefully done.

Perhaps we should fast TV and Movies for even just a week and spend that time in the Word of God.  Then go back to what we were watching and ask God if it pleases Him?

When we watch Christian films, we should be in a safe place, knowing that the filmmaker follows God and God’s Word, but that is not the case.  More and more worldly Christian films are coming out and it’s causing much confusion, especially for the children.

Psalm 101:3 – I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

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Lately I’ve been really struggling with this issue of compromise.  I’ve made a statement awhile back that CFDb won’t review films with crude humor, sex scenes, or foul language in them.  We have made exceptions for some films with light language and sometimes we just didn’t know and had to turn off the movie halfway through.

I am standing by that statement today and explaining further why it’s my stand.  It’s Biblical.  If I can’t be right with God while watching a movie, then I won’t watch it.  That doesn’t mean I’m better than anyone else.  It doesn’t mean I’m perfect.  What it does mean is that I’ve been strongly convicted in this area and thus I need to make that stand clear.

 

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John 15:8 – Herein is my Father glorified, the ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Can a film with cussing or sex in it sow a good seed into someone’s life.  Yes…but only because the Holy Ghost is all powerful and can use even evil for good.  Maybe your film with questionable standards in it reaches a soul for Christ or encourages a Christian.  That’s God’s power…but what if….the standards were raised higher and hundreds or even thousands were reached for Christ or blessed as a result of the film you’ve made.

That is the real purpose of making a film for Christ…to bear fruit.

I’m praying that every one of us involved in the film industry would seek Him through His Word and continue to come up higher!

 

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  1. 27 March 15, 1:11pm

    I agree wholeheartedly. I’m so saddened by all the filmmakers who argue we have to lower our standards in order to reach the world. This is not so. I’ve had a number of reviewers ask if our movies have objectionable scenes and I’m always proud to say that we will not include in our movies anything that might cause someone to stumble. Thanks for speaking out!

    Sharon Wilharm, Director
    http://www.faithflix.com

  2. Alex Hernandez says
    28 March 15, 10:14pm

    I usually don’t comment on certain subjects but I will today. I agree, Christians should not compromise in any field of business. Especially FILMMAKING. BUT, I strongly disagree when it comes to the term “Bloodthirsty.” Is there any Christian who hasn’t read the bible completely? Ever studied the book of Revelation or Fox’s Book of Martyrs? Why aren’t more Christian filmmakers getting “bloodthirsty?” It’s our job to tell the unsaved what’s coming for them who keep rejecting God’s plan of salvation! It is possible to do this biblically and without compromise.
    Ever wonder what it would look like on screen to see Ja’el take a tent spike and pound it into Sis’era’s head? (Judges 4:21) Or see a person raptured and their car runs someone over. I think it would be pretty cool. And before you start blasting me – think long and hard about the rapture. (INSERT Jeopardy music)
    Mel Gibson made “Passion” for a reason. Most of the world loves violence. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t watch the news! Let’s not be hypocritical. People love violence so Christian filmmakers should give it to them – GOD style!! Imagine Left Behind done THE RIGHT WAY!!! Rated “R.” Churches would overflow. I would love to see more Christian filmmakers step up and take a chance. But then again, maybe that’s what you have been called to do. To make the same old repetitive PG Christian film. Because the angels in heaven will rejoice if one person gets saved by your film!!!! Amen. Soul saving. It’s what it’s all about.
    Am I venting and a bit jealous? Of course I am. I shouldn’t be. But then again, I don’t think Jesus is ready to unleash me on the world just yet because it couldn’t handle what I have to offer. I may never get a chance and thats OK. But if I do, my plan is simple: Scare the HELL out of people and HEAVEN into them!!!

    Alex Hernandez

  3. 30 March 15, 7:31pm

    Bravo Annelie! Brilliant observations along with scripture to support your conclusions. In It’s A Wonderful Life, when Guardian Angel Clarence shows George Bailey how openly sinful Bedford Falls would be had George never existed, Frank Capra didn’t need implicit sexuality, bad language or violence to convincingly and dynamically express George’s vision.

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