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The Worldwide Reputation of Bad Christian Movies

So I’m talking with my friend and filmmaker Brad Knull, who’s been working on a documentary project in a third world country dealing with a person that grew up with no written language in an obscure part of the world. Upon finding out Brad and his team were all Christians her first question about the project was, “Is this film going to be Christian or is it going to be good?”

So somehow halfway around the planet, a person considered “backward” in a culture that is third world by most western definitions knew that “Christian” was code for “crap” when it came to creating a film.  As Christians our reputation has proceeded us, and not in a good way – even among the least sophisticated media consumers on the planet. Fortunately, Brad’s a terrific filmmaker, so in this case, she wasn’t disapointed.

But how did we get to this place?

It’s a documentary in Thailand. The subject is Orphans affected by HIV and AIDS.  These kids are from a group of people known as the “Hill Tribe People”  the have no written language, no home country and they are often exploited because of their lack of Thai citizenship which prevents them from receiving an education, medical care or other opportunities afforded Thai citizens.  The “second in command” at the orphanage was also a “Hill Tribe Person.”  For more info on the film go to houseoflovethemovie.com.

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  1. Phil,

    You are rightly fascinated by asking the question: Why do Christian films have a bad reputation?  Here is my understanding:

    In the beginning… was a story, the story of creation.

    Therefore, God our Creator highly esteems a story.  It is HOW God delivers truth:  Through a story.

    Therein is your answer.

    The best example of bad Christian movies would be those that somehow try to promulgate a story that is not backed up with essence of parabolic truth.

    That’s a mouthful, so let me explain:  Question: Is rapture a lie?  Answer: Are rapture movies dung?  (Ask that question about any C-movie with suspicious doctrine!)

    And so, if Christian movies promote wrong doctrine, they cannot but be dung.  Even if the doctrine is widely accepted by the Bible belt!  By the big broadcast ministries.  Etc., etc.

    It is God’s mystic way of enabling those with “eyes to see” to confirm they have “eyes to see.”

    Also, note that most movies about the life of Jesus… are pretty good. 

    Hm… By the above calculus, this proves the basic story around Jesus’ life and death is… true.

    But how about another “Taken” movie on rapture?  Well, any way to short that stock?

  2. Hey, smart guy, one of your phrases is, “By the above calculus…” I can see you pontificating and saying to yourself in academese language, “Oh, I’m such a smart boy.”

    Let me ask you something, sharpee, do you understand the real Calculus, i.e., the one developed by Liebnitz and Newton? I teach it, by the way, and also understand.

    So when you use one of your standard pat liberal phrases which makes you oh feel so smart, those PTA cliches, and ACLU cliches, and leftward Kinsian Education phrases that have left us in so messed up a culture, what is Jesus going to think of you when He sees you ashamed of stories that are unashamed of His Gospel?

  3. Dean,

    “Ye know not what spirit you are of.”  Ever heard that?  Something the Greatest Teacher might have said… check it out.

    And… had you checked my website, I’m conservative.  Yup, yessereesir.

    But you are right.  I don’t know real calculus, but then I never said I did… Did I.  Nope.

    I borrowed the phrase from following Victor Davis Hanson, a conservative teacher of the history of war.  His website is http://www.victorhanson.com.  By studying it you might learn critical thinking.  I know Hanson has helped me.  And Lord knows, we all need help, right?

    I apologize for making an original post that was not clear to you.

  4. Not that I’m eager to get knee deep in all this “pontification” on all things Christian, but may I point out that most “Christian movies” are not “bad” because Christians suck, but rather because they lack the budget to get a really great movie off the ground.  There are lots of entertaining Christian movies and it’d be wonderful if we could make more than just “end times” films.  But let’s not forget that when Hollywood hears the name of Jesus they run screaming the other way!  Why then are so many surprised when the movies Christians ended up making aren’t “Hollywood” material?  So what does this mean for the Christian movie making world?  Instead of taking arms against each other, let’s get together, get some talented writers, actors, directors, and producers, and raise the budget and generate the Hollywood interest that it takes to make a great film.  If filmmakers like Ed Wood can make crap and people watch it anyway, surely if we stop dividing and starting joining forces, something great can be done to forever change Christian media as we know it.

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