An Appeal for Decency and Righteousness:
Help Us Transform America with the Good, the True and the Beautiful!
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Thousands of studies have shown that the mass media shapes the hearts, minds and actions of our children and grandchildren. By doing this, the mass media also is able to create and control the culture, or at least major portions of it. In this manner, the mass media can also control America’s future.
Movieguide.org has been the family guide to movies and entertainment for nearly 25 years or more now. As such, we are trying to redeem the values of the mass media of entertainment according to the Bible’s moral and spiritual principles so that we can transform the United States of America with the Good, the True and the Beautiful.
Our strategy for doing this great work has been extremely successful.
For example, since we entered this mission field the number of movies with strong or very strong, overt Christian content or worldviews has increased from only one or two a year to more than 65 per year, including movies based on the fictional works of Christian authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and blockbuster movies like SPIDER-MAN 3 and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, both of which had explicitly positive Christian content and references.
Also, all of the major studios in Hollywood now have special divisions not only for family movies and animated movies, but also for faith-based movies like FIREPROOF or AMAZING GRACE. In fact, last year Roma Downey and Mark Burnett produced THE BIBLE miniseries for the A&E Television Networks on Cable TV, and this year Fox distributed their SON OF GOD movie developed from the miniseries. In addition, two smaller evangelical faith-based movies, GOD’S NOT DEAD and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, doubled and even tripled the amount of money that previous, similar faith-based movies, like FIREPROOF and SOUL SURFER, made at the box office.
As a result of all this, Hollywood is producing several faith-based, biblical blockbuster movies in the next few years, including EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, remakes of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and BEN-HUR, CHRIST THE LORD, and KING DAVID. Several of the Hollywood studios and filmmakers making some of these blockbuster movies have even contacted MOVIEGUIDE®, in an effort to assure that the movies are as reverent and as accurate, but as dramatic, as possible.
Why are these studios and filmmakers doing this?
Because for 25 years, we have been showing Hollywood, with scientific and statistical precision, that entertaining family-friendly and uplifting movies with positive Christian content make the most amount of money on average than any other kind of movie.
Hollywood has put these assertions of ours to the test and found them to be extremely reliable.
And, guess what? The financial success of movies like the Narnia and Middle-Earth movies based on the work of Christian authors Tolkien and Lewis and the continued success of movies like THE BLIND SIDE, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, LES MISÉRABLES with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and SPIDER-MAN 3 and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES has proved us right.
In fact, movies with strong positive Christian content in them are so successful that even the last James Bond movie, SKYFALL, had some overt, positive references to Jesus Christ and Christianity! Not only that, but SKYFALL is now the most successful James Bond movie ever made!!!
Of course, we give all the glory for this positive change to God, through faith in Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ works through people like us and people like you, our readers.
That’s why we appeal to our readers now:
Help us spread decency and righteousness, and transform the United States of America with the Good, the True and the Beautiful. Support MOVIEGUIDE® (www.movieguide.org), and all its efforts to redeem the values of the mass media, with your prayers and financial gifts.
Also, please send this article to all your friends, relatives, colleagues, and brothers and sisters in Christ.
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