Christians are making little effort to counter the secular impact of the graphic arts on our culture.

When the first-century church went out to evangelize, it was a different world than the one we try to reach today. The good news, with its message of forgiveness and salvation through grace, must have been good news indeed to many first-century Jews. What is more, they already understood the concept of a personal God. They were even expecting a Messiah. The pagan world, too, had an understanding of the supernatural.

Today, the good news is now old news. Our culture is the antithesis of Christianity. Humanism, with its emphasis on the sovereignty of man, is a great barrier to Christianity. Another barrier is the rationalistic dualism of Descartes. To put it simply, most popular secular thought concerns that which can be perceived by the senses and understood rationally. The Christian world view opposes those ideas. Add to that subjective morality, materialism, nihilism, and so forth. The gospel needs to be explained as well as proclaimed; the prima facie cases against Christianity are too numerous.

The point here is that if people in the first century were ready to respond to the gospel, people in the twentieth century are not. You cannot tell someone that God loves him if he does not believe in God. You cannot tell someone his sins are forgiven him if the word means nothing to him. Yet these truths must be told. But to do it we must prepare the ground; without that we cannot reap the harvest.

How do we go about it? One important way is through the arts. Many people now take literature, the visual arts, music, theater, film, and television more seriously.

Film, in particular, is considered one of the most important forces for ...

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