“Faith-Based” Films or Hollywood Heresy?

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In the past, professing Christians knew that Hollywood could not, as a general rule, be relied upon to produce decent, moral, clean entertainment.  Preachers thundered against supporting the sinful "entertainment" that spewed from the movie industry.  And the ungodly garbage that Hollywood dished up was for the most part shunned by those claiming to be Christians.
And in addition to producing immoral movies, over the years the movie industry has frequently produced films which are direct attacks on the Christian faith.  Some notable examples are The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Da Vinci Code.  A great many more could be cited.  In such movies Christ the Lord, His Gospel, and His followers, are ridiculed.
Occasionally producers would make biblical "epics" such as Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, or Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth, and others of that nature; or they would zero in on biblical accounts which contained a lot of fighting or romance (such as Samson and Delilah, a favourite theme for obvious reasons in this age of sexual immorality), and these movies would be touted as being "accurate" and "authentic" and all the rest; but not only were they usually nowhere near as biblically accurate as they claimed to be, such films were not made in order to further the Christian faith, evangelise the lost, or build up true believers in their faith.  They were simply attempts by the movie-makers to rake in mega-bucks from sweeping biblical sagas; and they often succeeded in doing just that.

By the 1980s the movie industry was becoming increasingly pervasive in society; and at the same time, as churches were moving away from their doctrinal foundations and from practical separation from the world, pastors no longer preached against ungodly entertainment.  Professing Christians were increasingly attending the movies, no matter what was showing, and without much condemnation from the pulpits, if any, for the hirelings occupying them knew on which side their bread was buttered.  Besides, the pastors were all too often just as much devotees at the shrine of Hollywood as anyone else.
Then came the invention of videos, which brought the movies right into the living rooms of multiplied millions of people the world over.  Suddenly, pastors not only had to condemn attending sinful movies, but to be consistent they had to condemn the bringing of those same movies right into the homes of their flocks.  And this was something most pastors simply were not prepared to do.  They compromised, they fell silent, their own children brought home the same Hollywood junk, and in no time at all a revolution had taken place, which continues to this day.  The entertainment industry is a very different monster to what it was in the 1970s, in that today it is all-pervasive in society.  Literally everywhere one goes, one is bombarded with it, in the form of music and movies.  Television screens are in shops, malls, cars, and sometimes in every bedroom of people's homes.  Many people rent DVDs a number of nights a week – certainly they watch TV throughout the entire evening.  Some, in fact, are watching it almost all day long as well, even at work.  With the majority of Americans today talking constantly about the content of movies and television programmes, this is the most popular topic of conversation in America, according to the Barna Research Group!    And the rest of the world is not far behind.  Everywhere one goes, one hears people talking about the movies.  Computers provide almost-instant access to the make-believe world of Hollywood and its equivalents.  Cellphones provide instant information about movies, and even show clips from them.  The so-called "stars" are seen everywhere, on magazine covers, posters, etc.  We truly live in an entertainment-saturated world.    And as a direct result of churches and ministers no longer taking a stand against these ungodly forms of entertainment, professing "Christians" began to flock to the movies in ever-growing numbers, and to bring the movies into their homes via videos and later DVDs.  And they were watching anything and everything, seemingly without any conscience about it.