"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
Another Movie…that distorts Christianity
Last night my 6 month pregnant wife goes blazing past me saying “there is a movie
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.