2010 movies include blockbuster coverage of evolution and homosexuality, but family-friendly titles and heartwarming presentations may dupe many Christians. Such movies may program the minds of those who watch, unless intentional teaching accompanies the viewing.
Don't be fooled by the title “The Kids Are All Right”, the story of two unsettled teenagers having been raised by lesbian parents who set out to find their biological father. Described by Manohla Dargis of The New York Times as “A Generous, Nearly Note-Perfect Portrait of a Modern Family”, last weekend’s limited release at seven theatres across the U.S. and Canada resulted in a better than average debut. According to the Los Angeles Times, “the $72,127 average gross per theater for Focus Features' critically beloved Sundance acquisition was the highest for any movie released so far this year.” This Friday, the movie’s release will expand to 37 theatres.
Another deceiving title released earlier in the year, “Creation”, depicts Charles Darwin as a family man who struggled with his young daughter’s death and with faith in God as he wrote the epic The Origin of Species. The subtitle communicates well its content: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed it Forever.
“While Darwin's name has come to symbolize one side of a debate between the scientific and the theological, 'Creation' personifies the debate, with both sides contending, sometimes violently, within the man,” stated Newmarket Film's Chris Ball, as quoted in the Christian Post. “In that sense, we believe that the film will appeal both to people of faith and people of science.” And this is exactly the design. A touching piece intended to cater to the set beliefs of the serious evolutionist and the weak defenses of the compassionate Christian. This movie is now available and easily accessible on DVD or digital download.
Such movies provide Christian parents an opportunity to teach the truths of Scripture and explore the results of valuing God’s perfect word. However, most children and youth will not have the benefit of such purposeful teaching as they sit in theatres or living rooms with their buckets of popcorn. Their impressionable minds will receive the information and incorporate it into their current schema. Only serious students of the Word can discern truth from error. Most followers of Christ, and especially younger followers, have yet to develop this ability and are therefore prime prey for the enemy.
As believing Christians devoted to God, we must pray for God’s direction in how to stand for truth in our circles of influence, especially in our own families. We should not simply dismiss these movies as left-wing cartoons, for these films were made with the intent to program the minds of this generation – and they will. How did Satan deceive Eve in the Garden? He did so by asking her questions that caused her to question the truth of God’s Word and to desire worship of self in lieu of God (Genesis 3). Jesus called us to go and make disciples for Him, students of Him, not to sit and watch as people become better students of the world.
Question: How would you respond if these movie titles were to come up in casual conversation with friends or colleagues?