Facing the Giants, but Unwilling to Face Persecution

Several years ago, I signed up for AFA Action Alerts as I was very into conforming culture to Christian values, rather than conforming myself and passing that on to individuals by the power of the Gospel. Now, out of curiousity, I remain subscribed so that I at least know what the flavor-of-the-month boycotts or petitions are.

Today, I received an alert calling for action against the MPAA because it gave a PG rating to the movie Facing the Giants because it contains, as the MPAA site says, “thematic elements.”

However, in commentary available on Scripps Howard News Service, the “thematic elements” in question are apparently the pervasive Christian elements in the film, including evangelism.

First off, let me say that Facing the Giants isn’t treading new territory by presenting a message of salvation; even the R-rated Constantine (starring Keanu Reeves) includes a sola fide salvation message.

But the issue that the Alert is pushing is that the MPAA are classing Christian themes along with other things for which a movie would be rated PG, PG-13, or R for: violence, sex, drug use, gore, etc.

The AFA deems this “Anti-Christian bigotry” and is asking subscribers to send a letter asking that the rating be changed.

“Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you,” John taught so long ago (1 John 3:13). John also recorded the words of the Lord, who said, “…because you ar enot of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19).

The reason for this hate? John 7:7: Because Christ testifies that the works of this world are evil!

Paul concurs with the teachings of John and Jesus and says that, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 2:12). They won’t maybe suffer; they will suffer.

But the AFA is acting as though no one should be persecuting the Church or otherwise being biased against Christianity. Have they forgotten what the Lord has said? “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:12).

Maybe the deeds of those at AFA aren’t righteous, so they don’t expect to be persecuted? Or maybe they simply don’t want the blessing that comes along from being persecuted?

The solution to this apparently is to rally as many of their 2 million plus members as they can together to email a rather cold email in protest. No love? No gospel?

3 thoughts on “Facing the Giants, but Unwilling to Face Persecution”

  1. Well, there have been plenty of G-rated movies that have been well accepted by people of all stripes, most notably a very large number of Disney and/or Pixar cartoons.

    I doubt highly that the AFA is trying to defend Christianity insomuch as it is trying to shape the world into being what it thinks would be best suited for Christians. In other words, it seems to be wanting even sinners to conform to the “Christian image,” which seems silly to me. Being able to know a sinner by his fruits is an easy enough way of knowing that person certainly needs the gospel. If everyone is living a semi-righteous kind of life, complacency and comfort may weaken the will to witness.

  2. The church agrees that the movie should be rated PG for its football violence and the infertity talk (children might ask where babies come from!)…but they do object to the reason for the MPAA’s rating. The AFA is just trying to defend Christianity to the world. I wish they wouldn’t try and get the rating reduced…Who wants to go see a G movie? Certainly not sinners needing salvation?

  3. It should never surprise us as Christians when the world acts like non-christians. There is a good reason they act the way they do and believe the way they believe. Their life has not been changed by the unbelievably incredible love, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ.

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