Some Violence, Brief Nudity, and Evangelism

June 7, 2006 — Leave a comment
How’s that for an attention grabbing title?

In the article he writes for Scripps Howard News Service (http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=RELIGION-FAITH-06-07-06) Terry Mattingly, a senior fellow for journalism at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and a regular contributor to The Lookout (http://www.lookoutmag.com/default.asp) reports that a Christian film was just given a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America because the movie, “Facing the Giants” is too evangelistic.

Here’s an excerpt from Terry’s article:

The MPAA, noted Fuhr, tends to offer cryptic explanations for its ratings. In this case, she was told that it “decided that the movie was heavily laden with messages from one religion and that this might offend people from other religions. It’s important that they used the word ‘proselytizing’ when they talked about giving this movie a PG….
“It is kind of interesting that faith has joined that list of deadly sins that the MPAA board wants to warn parents to worry about.

This may actually be a really good thing.

  • The “PG” rating could give this movie what some of the teens in my church might call, “Street Cred” (i.e. credibility), which means that they might give it a chance.
  • This controversy might generate interest and increase attendance for this movie.
  • This rating might ensure that more parents actually see this movie with their kids giving them a chance to discuss it with them afterward.
  • Or, this movie might be so bad that this is the last time we hear about it. I hope not.

Now, let’s just hope Facing the Giants is actually a good movie and not 2006’s version of the 1973 Christian “blockbuster”, Superchristian.

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