By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Hitler’s thousand year Reich barely lasted a decade. Marx, who railed against God and extolled Satan, created a system that was supposed to punctuate the rest of history. With all the resources and might of Russia, it barely lasted 70 years. However, it took its toll. Hundreds of churches were destroyed or converted, thousands of priests were killed, and Solzhenitsyn estimated that 60 to 120 million people were killed.
Now the Russian people are seeking to restore faith and family. Friends in Russia have asked for MOVIEGUIDE® to be published in Russian. They want to host an Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry in Russia. They are producing movies that extol the classic Russian tales of faith and valor.
In May of 2012, they invited me to lecture at two universities and at the historic building of the House of Journalists. These places were the training ground for the Marxist-Leninist communist propagandists.
When I lectured at the Motion Picture University (VGIK – Pan-Russian State Institute of Cinematography), the director mentioned she was a Christian and the students lined up to find out more about how to create movies that represented Christian faith and values. After the event, I was taken on a tour of this massive university. On the wall were pictures of all the great Soviet filmmakers. One of the first was Sergei Eisenstein. His movie BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN galvanized millions of people to join the communist revolution. When I was teaching in India, one of the other professors showed BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, a silent film made in the 1920s, and the Indian students came to my class convinced they should join the Communist revolution. It took a while for me to dispel them of this nefarious notion, and the good news is that 95 percent of them came to Christ. In other words, the VGIK, Pan-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, was the breeding ground of propagandists preaching violent communist revolution. Some of them traveled to the United States and became Marxism’s tools to dupe the useful idiots who didn’t know Jesus Christ.
The tale of Eisenstein is instructive. In the beginning, he was Stalin’s favorite propagandist, but at the end of his life, Stalin wouldn’t release part two of his great opus, IVAN THE TERRIBLE. These Soviet filmmakers weren’t appreciated for their great art or their ideological commitment, but were merely tools to be used and thrown away. Today in Russia, there’s a new generation that wants freedom through the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The same experience occurred at the MITRO, Moscow Institute of TV and radio Ostankino, where my son, Robert Baehr, also got to speak.
Then, finally, I got to speak at the House of Journalists, where I was shocked by the fact that everybody was praising MOVIEGUIDE® and the Christian Film & Television Commission® and asking how they could help.
This was going into the heart of former Marxist territory. By God’s grace alone, the reception was enthusiastic, and the faculty and the students supported redeeming the values of the mass media of entertainment. Many confessed Jesus Christ – privately and publicly.
The liberals and atheists in the United States may not know it, but communism took a terrible toll in Russia. But, the horrors of Communism left 82 percent of the people there with the desire to call themselves unabashedly Christian.
So, there is a MOVIEGUIDE(r) Russia.
And, the Gospel is going forth.
Here are links for our friends in Russia.