Saturday, March 10, 2007

Blame Hollywood!!

Further to the last post on Christians not knowing their Bible, this story from the Christian News Wire:

Hollywood is the Main Reason Why Americans Get an F For Religion Cites Christian Filmmaker

George Lucas, producer of the Star Wars movies, once said, “the church, which used to be all powerful, has been usurped by film”. Christian Producer Dave Christiano agrees. Hollywood rules! And it rules without the Lord.

“You can’t find one drama on television produced by Hollywood that presents Jesus Christ in an honorable way,” said Christiano. “They won’t mention the holy name of Jesus in a way that glorifies Him. It just isn’t there.”

Christiano turned on television recently and flipped to every channel. He could not find one dramatic program mention the name of Jesus Christ (in an non-slanderous way) or find any character quoting the Bible. And this is one main reason why Christiano produced, “7th Street Theater”, which bills itself as the first prime time Christian drama series (now airing on TBN, Saturday night at 11pm est, 10pm cst, 9pm mst, 8pm pst). The half hour drama has characters freely talk about Jesus Christ and presents strong Christian content.

"Hollywood is basically Christ-less and it ignores that about 90 million people go to church every week in America and even more claim to be 'Christian'. That’s a large segment of the population and yet as the article on USA Today by Cathy Lynn Grossman stated, most people would get an 'F' if asked about their faith." said Christiano.

...“I’m convinced most people who say they are Christians could not tell you the gospel or what it means to be born again,” said Christiano. “And the main reason, to me, is Hollywood. The entertainment industry is a dominant force in people's lives and almost all of it is godless.

Seems to me that instead of pointing the finger at Hollywood and saying they're to blame, Christians should be blaming themselves. No one is forcing them to watch Hollywood productions. For that matter, I would wonder why Dave Christiano is marketing his program to a network that regularly preaches heresy. Does he know his Bible?


At March 12, 2007 11:20 AM, Blogger D. Engebretson said...

I agree with you. Blaming Hollywood only removes the onus from our own shoulders and our need for better catechesis. OTOH, the literacy of people in general, I believe, has been reduced by the passive nature of film and TV. People read less. And they undoubtedly read less of the Bible because of that. Still, the drama of the divine service remains to reveal Christ to our people weekly. Instead of blaming Hollywood, we need to bring our people back to the pew.


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