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Another Movie…that distorts Christianity


Last night my 6 month pregnant wife goes blazing past me saying “there is a movie

Easy Distortion of Christianity?

I want to DVR!”  When she makes it back upstairs I inquire about the movie.  She tells me it is a movie that her friends on face book had recommended called “Easy A”.  I kind of blew her off because it didn’t sound like a good movie (this coming from the guy who will sit and watch those horrible movies on Sci-fi…).  Well lucky for me Easy A was on this morning when I got up, so instead of watching the news…I figured I would check it out. 

If you are interested in watching this movie, (and I’d suggest you probably shouldn’t) and haven’t seen it…you need to stop reading right about now…

 I picked this movie up about half way through.  The main character was accepting bribes from the boys in her school to say that shehad sex with them in order to improve their social standing.  The protagonist in the movie was a group of “Bible-thumping Christians,” portrayed as a holier than thou group.  The “Christians” in this movie are judgmental, hateful, spiteful, and above all hypocritical.  There was one point in the movie where Lisa Kudrow dropped the “G-D” bomb 5 – 7 times in a one minute time span.  In the end everything is fixed, except for the fact thatthe Christians remained the same judgmental, holier than thou group that they were portrayed as throughout the movie.

I think that pretty much sums it up…

What’s really bad about this movie is that it wasclearly made to influence high schoolers’ world-view.  Then the message it sends is that things like pre-marital sex and other immoralities are not that big of a deal and that Christians are just know-it-all self-righteous kill-joys. 

Have we really become so judgmental as a group that a caricature of the church has been formed?  I’ve got to be honest….this isn’t the first time I have seen this, but it the first time that I have given pause to the caricature.   Are we really as we are portrayed in the movies? My guess:  In some cases….yes-  and in some cases…no.  That isn’t a good thing.  Perhaps someone reading this blog post would look at me saying “oh look Mr. holier than thou…don’t be so judgmental.”  Maybe…it is the interpretation of the world ofhow we respond to certain circumstances?  I don’t know.

What is clear is that there is a perception in America that Christianity suffers from a finger pointing epidemic that lacks compassion for those in need.  It’s no wonder why this viewpoint is seen, since we often seem to be known more for what we stand against than for what we stand for.

Don’t get me wrong.  This movie is offensive and probably should be avoided by someone who is trying to guard their heart and mind (cf. Philippians 4:8) simply because of the language and the immoral world-views  it seems to encourage (i.e. pre-marital sex and homosexuality, cf. Romans 1:32).  I realize that movie protagonists are often over dramatized for effect, but the fact that Christians were the protagonists especially in the way they were portrayed really gets under my skin…Shortly after God tells us to not conform to the pattern of this world and to renew our mind (in Romans 12:1-2), He tell us in Romans 12:9, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” But that’s just it… we need to demonstrate Christ’s love without hypocrisy!!!

On second thought, this really shouldn’t be a surpriseconsidering the Bible told us we should expect it (cf. 1 Peter 4:12-16).But this is a good opportunity for self-examination… Are you making this characterization valid by being one of “those people?”Are you one with your nose in the air, looking down at those who struggle, and are in need?  Are you one of those people who, rather than helping would rather spread rumors and lies about someone (and maybe even disguise the gossip as a “prayer request”)?  Are you the one talking in back corners while on your phone about someone you know?  Are you the one sending the texts around saying “I heard from so and so that….”  Are you that person?

If so…welcome to the movies.  Don’t be offended, you are representing Christ and… this movie is about you.

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4 responses to “Another Movie…that distorts Christianity

  1. Frank June 5, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Funny movie but you need to know what this movie is doing while entertaining us, the main character’s parents are clearly liberals and the father trys to show how much fun liberal parents can be by smoking a joint at the dinner table with their adopted child. The mother also tries to show how much fun liberal parents can be by talking about her sexual exploits as a young girl and just things parents don’t need to share with their children. I was also irritated with the way this movie attacks christianity by trying to make it seem cool to throw stones at christians by showing this over the top group of christians and making it seem that it’s ok to insult christians while trying to help the poor gay boy in the movie so christians are bad and gay is good. The truth of the matter is that even the over the top christians they show in this movie are just your average muslim because muslims live their entire lives around their religion so way more over the top but you won’t ever catch liberal hollywood attacking muslims in a film due to fear for their lives if they did the studio would get death threats and the actors would be in danger so pick on the christians they are easy targets. The movie would have been great if it didn’t attack christians showing what bigots hollywood liberals have become.

    Ah yes the brave folks in hollywood love taking shots at christians because they know their studio will not be blown up but let hollywood make a movie like this attacking muslims and every actor would put their lives at risk.

    The liberal socialists in hollywood will say it’s just a comedy lighten up but if that’s the case why don’t they ever take shots at islam and the muslims? so it’s not just comedy this move teaches kids that it’s ok to attack christian students but we should help the poor gay kid in school.

    I know a lot of christians and never met any like the ones in this film but obviously the athiests and liberal socialists in hollywood want to portray christians like this. What if this movie had treated gays like they treated christians in this movie? the news would say this movie promotes being mean to gays and will cause violence against gays but we all know hollywood is full of bigots.

  2. debrinconcita June 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Why would we call ourselve’s Christians if we were going to do everything the same ways as the rest of the world. If GOD accepting these actions nobody would have anything to worry about, (Like going to HELL) for instance? BUT, in our eyes sinner’s are punished for their actions, in some religious views are different you can sin, (say a few hail mary’s) then start over anew? I am confused. I don’t think God setup the Commandments for just a special few, I do think they were setup for the masses in the world to abide by always & forever. (if at all possible) of course we make mistakes but we can change them too. SO try & be the best that you can be not just for God, but for you & your future.

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