Ok – that title is a bit strong, but close to how I feel.
- Often, Christian movies are embarrassing.
- Occasionally, they are good (I want to say "rarely" but I don't want to exaggerate)
- Typically, I find myself thinking, "Not bad for a Christian movie." And then I realize – how sad when that becomes the standard. I guess I'm really saying, "At least it wasn't terrible."
- Predictably, non-Christians are not nearly as impressed with our movies as we are.
- Sadly, we are surprised when a Christian movie is actually "good." Actually, I'm pretty shocked. I think I'm still waiting for the first "great" Christian movie.
Christian movies never win Oscars and it isn't because of prejudice or persecution. They don't win awards because they don't deserve to.
Christian movies for Christ-followers are often like family vacation photos. Everyone in the family loves reviewing them and talking about them. But if you invite a friend over to look at them – they might not tell you, but more than five-minutes of photo viewing and they are bored and they can't wait for the pain to stop. Christian movies are best for "insiders." Please don't invite your non-Christian friends. You just embarrass the family.
If you take away some Bible-themed movies ("Son of God" "Passion of the Christ") it seems that perhaps many feel that the "best" of the Christian movies in recent years are "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants." But I think only "insiders" really thought they were of good quality. Again, it is like our children. Only a parent thinks their child's junior high piano recital is worthy of Carnegie Hall. Others will be polite, but they won't be impressed.
I haven't seen "God's Not Dead" but it is coming out soon. My guess is – those who are already convinced (of Christianity) will love it. Those who aren't, will think it is unrealistic and corny. And too often, the already convinced just can't believe everyone doesn't love this movie. And they wrongly think that any unbeliever will see it and become convinced. No, they won't.
By the way – my mom worked for the company that made the "Thief in the Night" movies back in the 70s. If you grew up in a church like I did – you know what I'm talking about. It was "the" movie at every jr. high lock-in for years. Thousands were saved watching that movie. Some for the first time! I know my corny, Christian movies.
I often feel guilty about how I feel about Christian movies. Sometimes, I've felt unspiritual. What about you?