You like movies, right?
Me, too. Especially at the theater.
There are few things that I like more than strolling up to my friendly, neighborhood movie-house – which just recently converted to digital projection and surround sound – getting a bowl of popcorn, a cold drink, some chocolate-covered peanuts (or sour gummies, if I’ve been good), and sitting down for the enchantment of a fine flick.
But I’m not the only one who enjoys this pastime. In 2013, the total sales of admission tickets at the box office topped at $10.9 billion (and I’m quoting the 2013 MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics publication for that figure). That’s a-whole-lotta butts in a-whole-lotta seats.
That’s also a-whole-lotta people that may need a-whole-lotta Gospel.
Because let’s face it: modern cinema doesn’t seem like the best segue to sharing the Good News.
Of the top 25 films released in 2013 alone, 15 of them were rated PG-13 (MPAA Theatrical Market Stats again). Nowadays, PG-13 can mean anything from “drug use” to “brief nudity” to “a single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words.” (For more information about what goes into rating a movie, check out the Classification And Ratings Administration’s own rules.)
But I don’t need to convince you of something you already know. You’ve already seen it happening: the decline of good storytelling and the rise of the “cheap” stuff.
Enter Finding Christ In Cinema
Finding Christ In Cinema is an internet radio show (aka podcast) that I co-host with a friend and fellow brother in Christ. Essentially, we watch and review movies that we believe can be used for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Our intro practically serves as our mission statement:
Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. We’ll explore the deeper meanings of these films: the plots and their twists, the characters and their choices, and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation – and ultimately our Christian walk.
Each show, we’ll discuss a film that, when viewed through the right lens, can serve as a platform for sharing God’s word. So far, we’ve covered movies like The Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride, The Hunger Games, The Matrix, Toy Story, and two of the Star Wars films. Basically, any story that stirs us or moves us in anyway is one we want to use as a witnessing tool for God’s glory.
We also include a segment for movie news during which we discuss the most recent updates and the most savory rumors from Hollywood.
Finally, there’s a spot for listener feedback. When (not if) you become a fan, we want you to help us out in revealing how God is revealed in the films we review. Maybe we missed the mark in our interpretation of the film, and you know how it’s really supposed to be. Or maybe you agree with our points and just want to encourage us along the way. You can leave comments, send e-mails, or even drop us a voice mail, and we’ll get you in on the conversation (maybe even on the show).
Here’s where you can find us.
But for the full Finding Christ In Cinema experience, please check out our website at ChristInCinema.com.
I’ll even link you to our fourteenth episode in which we talk about why we do what we do. It’ll prime you up for what you can expect from this show.