In a recent article entitled “Films in Search of the Faithful,” The New York Times reports on the increase of religious, family-themed movies in America. Author John Anderson also points out that older movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” play on the same conservative values and have remained popular for decades. As the money-making powerhouse it is, Hollywood has consequently sought to make more films of this genre.
For better or worse, family-oriented movies do well because “there are local churches, local radio stations, local sponsors on board who will buy 400 tickets and then sell them, or give them to a local youth group or whatever. So we have some idea of how [the movie] is going to do,” said Mr. Jenkins, director of “Midnight Clear”: After “The Passion of Christ.”
Seeing biblical values “exploited” in this fashion gives me mixed feelings. Should we protest against this misuse of God’s holy Word?
Yet like Paul I realize that we should rejoice because God’s ways are being honored and not despised.
But what does it matter?
The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.
And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice.