The World According to kcillini77

March 5, 2007

Recycled Worldviews

Filed under: America,Arts,Christianity,Movies — kcillini77 @ 2:12 pm

Over the weekend I watched the critically acclaimed movie Little Miss Sunshine. I love movies, even though I don’t get to see them as often as I used to since the little one has arrived. I thought the movie was artistically well done and enjoyable. It did certainly have some content that would offend many people. But I am less concerned with counting cuss words in a film than I am with the underlying theme that movies present. If there is one thing that frustrates me to no end, it’s people in general, and Christians in particular, consuming movies and television and summarizing their feelings on the movie with “I liked it.” With the exception of some slapstick humor flicks, movies are always trying to impart a message to us and if we don’t listen for it we simply absorb it uncritically.

Though lauded for its originality, the theme of this movie was decidedly unoriginal. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. People are all different, but they are basically good at heart, and if we would just let everyone live how they want to without judging or criticizing them, we would all be free and the world would be at peace. I think about 80% of Hollywood movies have this as their underlying premise or at least is communicated as a secondary message. It’s a lie. We are not basically good at heart. We love evil, but we have the capacity to do good. That’s not semantics – these are two very different philosophies, and it is important that we decide which of them we believe because what we believe about our nature shapes how we view ourselves, our fellow humans, and our God.

If we’re basically good, we have no need for a savior and we should expect training and good behavior to make our world a better place. That obviously hasn’t happened up to this point. If we’re basically evil – or, in other words, have a sin nature, the good news of Christ makes sense. Examine yourself honestly. Do you really believe you are good at your core – at the very root of your soul? Or does your knowledge of your desires and actions show you that you love darkness, but can break out of that sometimes to do good? Follow the evidence. Don’t believe the lie.

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