Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I'll take poor assumptions for $800, Alex.

This is interesting/discouraging.

Apparently, there is a new movie coming out, Facing the Giants. The MPAA has rated the movie PG, whereby Parental Guidance is suggested.

The makers were not too happy about such a rating since it's intended to be a Christian movie about a football team at a Christian school.

Why the PG rating? It seems there are "thematic elements" that some parents might not be comfortable having their children see. What are those questionable elements? Christianity and the Gospel, it seems.

Christian film rated PG to warn of ‘thematic elements’
"It is kind of interesting that faith has joined that list of deadly sins that the MPAA board wants to warn parents to worry about."

One wonders about one of my all time favorites, 1959's Ben Hur, which won 11 academy awards. Would it still receive the G rating today? The subtitle probably gives it away, "A Tale of the Christ."

I guess the assumption is that movies dealing with the Christian faith can be detrimental to children, but I certainly think that's a poor assumption, for the opposite is true.


At 21 June, 2006 10:26, Blogger James said...

"Ben-Hur" won 'Best Movie' in 1959. Seven years later, "A Man for All Seasons," about Sir Thomas More, won that award. Forty years later, "The Passion of the Christ" is named as the 'Most Controversial Movie of All Time' by Entertainment Weekly and "Facing the Giants" is receiving a PG rating for 'thematic elements.' Is there any question that the ol' U.S. of A. isn't a "Christian nation"?

While we need to continue to work for the advance of the Gospel overseas, we must not overlook the fact that the United States is a prime mission field!

At 21 June, 2006 16:31, Blogger GUNNY said...

Amen, brother.

The Gospel is available in many forms to folks in the US, but that doesn't mean that folks have been evangelized or that there isn't a ton of work to do on our home turf.

What that means is that everyone is, can be, and should be a missionary - involved in the mission of spreading the glory of God through the conversion of sinners.

At 22 June, 2006 02:32, Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Actually I read a synopsis of the film and it is essentially a "believe in yourself and everything will work out fine" message.

Regardless of whether it should be rated G or PG by unbelievers, the fact is that the film is probably not a true representation of biblical teaching.

At 22 June, 2006 19:11, Blogger GUNNY said...


You know it's bad when they're giving the business to watered down, liberal stuff masquerading as Christianity.

At 03 February, 2007 23:19, Blogger GUNNY said...

I saw the movie tonight and I have to say that One Salient Oversight's synopsis doesn't measure up.

I was very pleasantly surprised with how overtly Christian the movie was.

The message was that trusting in Jesus is the most important thing, the big one to take care of. A corollary was that any success the football team had was because of God.

Now, it's kind of a God is on our side thing, but at worst it's a you can do all things if God is with you (e.g., kick a really long field goal).

All in all, two thumbs up!


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