Friday, August 8, 2014

Reaching for the Stars in the Entertainment Sphere


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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience,and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world" 
                                                        Harriet Tubman
An African-American abolitionist and a humanitarian, Harriet Tubman was a dreamer. And, she was a great role model for every member of the body of Christ. Tubman demonstrated what can be accomplished when we want more for people than bondage to slavery.

Guided by her passionate faith in God, Tubman consulted with Him frequently in her quest to free slaves during the American Civil War. That's what the members of the body of Christ need to do now in every sphere of our society. 

Some in the entertainment sphere are rising to the challenge. They are determined to eliminate the underlying causes of human trafficking--dreaming big dreams fueled by passionate faith. The team at Unearthed Pictures said:
We saw that men were largely absent from the fight on sexual exploitation - so how could a group of us walk away? We decided to dig our heels in and stay. We slowed down, listened and researched how to best engage the men fueling the demand, because in this battle, when you get the men, you get everyone.
This team recognized that addressing the sexual brokenness of men could begin building a bridge to Jesus. So they started producing the Hearts of Men, a film about "the collision between our sexual brokenness and the relentless love of God." This message will not only diminish the demand for modern-day sex slaves, but it also has the potential to unleash revival. That makes this effort worthy of prayer, financial support, and every other kind of promotional support we can give it. 

Cap Stewart, a videographer and media manager, is also doing what he can to expose the underlying issues involved with entertainment--issues that relate to each one of us. In his blog post "Sex Scenes in Movies Don't Bother Me," Stewart poses challenging questions that Christians need to ask themselves and start discussing with their friends. 

Doing so can help Christians reach higher with dreams that can change the world. Leaders model the way for others. By discussing the issues, praying for, financing, and promoting entertainment that frees people from the lies of a hypersexualized culture, not only will we  diminish the demand for young girls to be sold as sex slaves, but we will also enrich our own lives. 

A tremendous opportunity to support culture-changing entertainment is rapidly approaching, and we need to start talking about it now. The movie "50 Shades of Grey" will be released on February 14, 2015. Bold Christian filmmakers have taken on this erotic film by fearlessly scheduling a Valentine's Day release of the movie "Old Fashioned." Many people (including believers) may be inclined to follow the crowd and support the movie that features the bondage of S & M behaviors. Yet deep down most of us long for genuine romance, love, and a healthy marriage. Why not boycott the film that stimulates a momentary desire for cheap careless sex and increases the demand for porn? Instead Christians can promote the production that reaches for the dreams of the heart--old-fashioned romance where women are valued and men are chivalrous. It's the least we can do.




2 comments:

  1. A very encouraging post, Patti. I also posted it up on TLA's scoop.it page.

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