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Oscar Is Not The Enemy!

Last night, one of my Twitter friends, who follows many of the same people I do, noted that there were no preachers tweeting during the Oscars—which is very rare when anything significant is happening!  Many, many legitimate reasons come to mind for this inattention, but the Tweet insinuated something often true of Christians, i.e., that they might not be interested in the most popular stories of our culture and time. 

Here are the reasons many Christians hate Hollywood:

  1. The majority of films depict a completely secular, godless worldview. 
  2. Some films/filmmakers are overtly anti-Christian and often resort to ridicule.
  3. Hollywood celebrities usually do not share conservative Christian moral or political values.

I myself see Hollywood, not as the enemy, rather as the reflection of the Enemy.  When you look around at your world, what do you see? I suspect that if you do not live in a church building or a Christian commune, you see a secular, godless culture, ridiculing Christian faith more than in the past, and that you do not share common values with very many people.  Hollywood zips the culture we live in down into two intensive hours—and such an intense confrontation disturbs us deeply—as it should!

Hollywood is the prophetic voice, not the First Cause of our increasingly secular and materialistic culture.  The best painters, musicians, authors, and, yes, filmmakers tend to operate from the fringe of a culture, not from the mainstream nor the lagging edge.   Years, sometimes decades are needed before mainstream society accepts as “the norm” what creative artists previously produced from the fringe.  Artists don’t create the future; they just recognize the first stages before most people do. (I recognize the influence of Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolution in my thinking here.)

The numbers have not been reported, but most likely over 40 million Americans watched the Oscars this year. In 2009, Americans bought 1.42 billion movie tickets. Add to that the significant number of movies that are included in the twenty-eight hours of television weekly per capita in the U.S. and you get the feel that somebody out there is finding something they need or can identify with in these productions. Perhaps if we watched, not passively, not fearfully, but thoughtfully, we Christians might discover more connections from which to converse about Christ. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12 (TNIV)

Question:  Is disengagement from a decaying culture the only appropriate Christian response?

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