There has been (see link) quite a "rhubarb" over the lifestyle chosen by one star of a new movie, "End of the Spear." While I am not much of one for video entertainment of any kind, I am continually struck by how "Christian" entertainment is diverted to serve Hollywood's interests.
Here's what I mean; even the "best" Christian movie lately, "The Passion," was dogged by comments about the lifestyles and other movies of the stars. "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" changed quite a bit of the story for "theatrical presentability"--I counted half a dozen changes in a few promotional posters, it seemed. "End of the Spear" counts the director from "Charlie's Angels" and a prominent homosexual activist among its contributors.
Music and TV aren't much better. Big Idea's (VeggieTales) difficulties began as they "improved" their technology and theatrical effects. Due to this, their product became too scary for many children, including mine. The troubles of Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, and others are well known as well.
It almost makes me wonder if these cases are an example to us--artists or no--about what happens when we try to use the world's ways and the world's resources to try and do God's work. It seems that when we try to use the world, the world just as inevitably uses us.
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