Looking for God on the Big Screen
But just because God is absent from these films doesn't mean he has to be absent from your thinking and talking about them. So the next time you watch a movie where faith or spirituality plays a role, ask yourself some questions:
- What's being said about God?
- How does the film treat values that are important to Christians?
- Are there things I can learn from the movie that will help me understand God or live out my Christian values?
- How might this film's view of God and faith affect my own thinking? Strengthen my faith? Weaken it? No effect at all?
Asking questions like these will help you and your friends get more truth and less bunk out of the movies you watch. So the next time you hit the theater (or the video store), keep your brain in gear and your Bible handy.
The Force is OK for entertainment. But in real life, let the Truth guide you.
If you can't find these films at your favorite video store or your church library, check out Vision Video online (AOL keyword: VV; www.visvid.com).
Note: All movies mentioned in this article were rated PG-13, PG or G.
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