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Hollywood, Christ, and True Freedom

January 24th, 2013

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

John 8:31-32

The wrong people are in charge of the interpretation of history in America. Filmmakers, such as Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, and Mel Gibson, have told stories with what is presumably an historical background, only to have twisted history, misrepresented facts, and made up things as they went along for the benefit of “entertainment,” or what they considered entertainment to be. These are only three in a long history of re-writing history in Hollywood, but really it began before Hollywood was ever established. With regard to the American West it began with the dime-store novels of the 1800’s that idealized, overly dramatized, and some times just made up events that happened. Hollywood just followed suit and as worldwide public was duped into believing all sort of falsified facts.

The truth sets people free and lies or misrepresentations of the truth just lead to further enslavements. In dramatizing any historical event there is always room for interpretation, and artistic license also has a place, but in the name of artistic license today’s filmmakers create alternative realities, an entirely different dimension from what truly happened in history. Since these filmmakers do not stick to the historical story line, one has to ask, why do they make films that are presumably about history? The answer is the only thing honest about them – they do it for the money, for the fame, for the notoriety. But by watching these films you will not learn true facts, nor gain real insight into human nature.[1]

Go to Christ if you want to know the truth about life. Examine His teachings and His story. Trust in Him and He will set you free and establish you in a new life, as countless numbers of believers can testify. In a few years, if Christ delays His return, the names of these filmmakers will be forgotten. Future generations might even marvel that we allowed our own history to become so misrepresented, and, hopefully, condemn such behavior. But Christ will still be transforming lives. He will still be touching people and opening their hearts to receive Him and opening their minds to understand life and eternity.

Misrepresenting history just leads to anger, misplaced hatred, unjustifiable pride, or any number of other human emotions, and these just lead to more emotional and spiritual enslavement. The truth in Christ sets us free and builds us up.


[1] Some interesting articles are on the internet about history and Hollywood. Joanne Freed, a high school teacher in Pittsburg, has an article at:  http://www.chatham.edu/pti/curriculum/units/2001/Freed.pdf.

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Who Would Oppose Hope?

December 28th, 2012

…making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:16

It would appear from any angle of observation that the Christian faith is at worst benign and harmless, and at best wonderful and uplifting. It lifts people from their sins to fellowship with God, from being judged by God as guilty sinners to becoming sons of the Most High. In the gospel an individual is given the opportunity to consider his spiritual condition, to repent from his sins and recommit himself to God, to draw near to the Almighty on the basis of the merits of Jesus Christ.

Some may be tempted to pass the entire matter off as a message of redemption to the losers of the world, a message of hope to those who have no integrity and who need all the mercy that might come their way. They may laugh at it and reject it on the basis of science or psychology or higher education or whatever. They may consider it an invention of humanity and therefore, illogical and irrelevant and a mere fantasy.

But then comes persecution and hatred against the believer in Christ, and the validity of the gospel story is upheld – the world really does hate truth and seeks to stamp out love and compassion whenever and wherever it might exist. Sooner or later the skeptic must admit that the gospel of love, grace, mercy, and redemption is very disturbing to some. The gospel gives hope and who is against people having hope? Well, someone is, that is for sure, because this message, this Savior, and His followers are opposed.

The apostle wrote 2,000 years ago (give or take) that the days are evil, and has there been anything to refute this? Has there come across the conscience or the experience of humanity any tangible or provable idea that the days we live in are not evil? No. They are. And therein lies the proof of the Christian faith. That a benign faith that offers hope and forgiveness, salvation and redemption is opposed validates its claims. The Lord of Glory was crucified and anyone who dares to aver that there is hope for fallen humanity will face rejection, ridicule, and persecution.

But the only question that matter is where you stand on this issue? Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ? Do you believe that He died in your place and rose from the grave? Do you believe that people need the grace and the life that He offers? If you do then count yourself among His followers.

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