Post # 1
There have been several Christian movies released through the years. My church always encourages us to see them and support such movies. I have seen a few. My issue is the lack of quality. The storylines are not typically that great and there is just something lacking in general.
Do you typically see movies that are labeled as Christian? What about other forms of Christian entertainment?
Post # 3
My favorite “Christian” movie is Saved! With Jena Malone and Mandy Moore. It’s not typical, but I think it has a good message. I used to listen to a lot of alternative Christian bands but not so much anymore, and I don’t really know why.
Post # 4
We generally do. When I started watching them years ago I had the same thoughts you did….not very appealing, not realistic in how things were aprroached/handled/etc, acting wasn’t all that great, and yes that in general there was just something lacking. Now though my own life tends to look similar so I guess I look at them differently and they seem more realistic… still not the best acting in many cases but I am glad to see it’s been getting better recently!
As far as other things, I LOVE wathcing Christian documentaries, and we listen to only Christian music (primarily praise & worship & not “inspirtational).
There aren’t many secular things we watch or do anymore so we enjoy when something comes out that supports an accurate & realistic portrayel of God and being a believer (ie. the struggle in Fireproof, the call & responsibility of parenting, etc)
Post # 5
I like a lot of the Christian artists and bands. Our youth pastor actually told us to not see Saved.
Post # 6
I’ve seen a few, and there’s been a mixture of quality, like an independent film feeling. Courageous was amazing, though some parts had lower quality, almost as if there were two directors. I kind of got that feeling from all I’ve seen actually, but the messages made them worth watching. Facing the giants, Fireproof, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry were all good.
And someone mentioned Saved, if I’m not mistaken, that was meant to be more of a mockery of Christianity rather than a Christian film. I assume you’re talking about films that clearly presented the Gospel and could be used for evangelism.
Post # 7
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There are always Ben Hur and Quo Vadis if you want to see a quality Christian movie.
Post # 8
A Christian movie? It sounds deadly dull!!!
I would recommend a Christian movie in the true sense: ‘The Untouchables’, a French film with English subtitles. It’s based on a true story of a paraplegic man being looked after by a young man with a criminal past.
Trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7g_OjLKeZ4
The French teachers at my daughter’s school took their teenage pupils to see it and the pupils came back saying how wonderful it was. It isn’t about disability – quite the opposite. It’s fun and poignant, and ultimately life affirming. I think that you’ll love it.
Post # 9
Please do the occasional secular thing, please.
I’m fairly sure that Jesus listened to non-religious music and that some of the most popular music of the time would probably have been written by King David.
Post # 10
@Kacey23: I don’t exclusively watch Christian movies or listen to Christian music, but I do often when good ones come out!
You are right that some Christian movies are just plain “cheesy”, even if they have a good heart behind them. When I do find ones with a Christian message that are very well done I like to support them and spread the word. My current favorite is Amazing Grace. Its the story of William Wilberforce and his long struggle to end the slave trade in Britian. It’s well made, inspiring, and thoughtful. No cheese here 🙂 There’s more in that genre if you’re interested (ie Luther, End of the Spear, etc)
Post # 11
@Kacey23: Ugh, I intensely dislike Christian movies and Christian music.
Christian movies tend to be focused on winning people to Christ, and just, UGH. People in the western world know about Jesus. They will not be converted by watching a cheesy movie that is little more than proselytization.
The more you read about the CCM scene, the more you realize it’s not about worshipping God. It’s about selling as much music as possible.
There are plenty of movies and songs that are morally sound that aren’t Christian and are actually great works of art.
Post # 11
Supersleuth: Thanks for the concern. I used to do plenty of secular things (raves, the club, extracuricular activities, etc) and after really giving *all* of my self to Yeshua, Jesus He called me to be more sanctified and really be mindful of what I put in my mind. I still have some non-Christian friends, watch secular movies (although they do have to meet a pretty strict “parental” guideline… we don’t watch much my 9 y/o can’t watch), and I hear secular music when out & about.
As for my personal time, Jesus made clear that like Him, I was to be in the world but not OF it (he hung out with the sinner but didn’t do what the sinner did), so I wasn’t to have those things part of me anymore… I gave u psecular music and most shows/movies almost 5 years ago and haven’t looked back. 🙂
Post # 12
Kacey23: I guess we could see “lack of quality” from christian movies if we compare them with big hollywood films. No big producer is going to pay for a christian movie, of course. I like Fireproof and Corageous very much.
EDIT: Oh I love Luther too!!! And I haven’t seen Amazing Grace, but I must soon.
Post # 13
I won’t watch a movie just because it’s a “Christian” movie, mainly because they’re poor quality, bad acting, and have an unrealistic view of God. Facing the Giants is a great example. A guy has a lousy job, car falling apart, house falling apart, financially in trouble, but when he decides to give everything to God, it all magically disappears. Because if you believe in God, you won’t have any problems. What does that say to the devout Christian who has “given it all to God” yet still faces daily struggle? One of the most spiritual people I know still has financial problems, drives a beater, has lots of turmoil in her family. So I guess she just doesn’t have enough faith? or isn’t really a believer?
Post # 14
AnaA: Amazing Grace is a great movie! I love how it shows his relationship with God. Definitely a favorite!
OkieHeart: See, I disagree. I don’t think Facing the Giants is unrealistic at all in that concept….. we’ve also seen provisions similar though. It wasn’t that suddenly the guy was making more money BUT God was now providing his needs in sometimes unconventional ways.
I work for a ministry that has quite literally used it’s last piece of toliet paper, raised the empty roll up and said “Okay Lord, we’re out of tp..”, and seriously 5 minutes later had a knock on the door from someone bringing a huge package of tp that God had told them to buy earlier in the week. I’ve had the same type of occurances in my life (someone giving me a check for exactly what I needed without them having prior knowledge to my circumstance). Does this mean that our ministry is flowing in dough?.. heavens no, but just like in the movie it is sufficiently provided for by God… never late, always on time, and always what we need.
I totally agree that the acting wasn’t all that great though and am glad it got better by the time they made Courageous. lol
Post # 15
Kacey23: The 10 Commandments (4 hour film !)
I guess some Doris Day films are fairly wholesome? And some well-known musicals?