Christian Culture - Media
Here’s my semi-quick opinion (along with link) on contemporary christian culture/media. i.e movies and music….
Christian culture and media needs to be scrutinized and held to a standard just as much as any other professional media source. It’s so common just to accept and praise everything labeled “christian” just because it’s pushing a message.
We do this with movies and music all the time.
- Really cheesy, bad writing/acting, poor production,
- Shallow, over simplifies hard issues or avoids them all together just to put a positive “family friendly” spin on the medium, whether it’s a song or film.
- Horrible stereotyping of non-christians, and usually falling back on a quick extremely emotional conversion to move the story along. Not very realistic.
But we promote it because of it’s message. Even still, we sing along to many christian songs without even knowing or taking the time to think about what we are singing. How do you define worship? Is the song you’re singing even accurate or true? Why do we wholeheartedly embrace songs just because they reference the word “worship” while the rest of the song is completely self centered, without even thinking? We’re fooling ourselves.
How can we expect people to value our message when it is so badly represented by the medium in which we present it?
You can’t say the message is all that matters.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for music, I listen to it because I want to hear good MUSIC.
When I’m looking for a movie to watch, I look for a movie that was well made, with a good story and script.
When I want to hear a good message, I would look for a book, or speaker who can present a topic in an honest and thoughtful manner. Something that takes the time to really pick an issue apart and give me something to think about and learn from.
Some really good movies and songs can accomplish this, and many times that’s the reason people consider them good! You’ll notice their message is more nuanced, the main focus is on the medium, the art of creating the song or movie in a way that makes it interesting. This makes the message all the more powerful because it is something to be “discovered” rather than something that gets pounded over your head.
Well, this article has some more good points and is a little less critical in it’s presentation than I am. These are just some issues I’m pretty passionate about. …and don’t even get me started on televangelist scams promising money and healing in return for donations. That stuff needs to stop.