I am a Christian. I clutch my Bible close to my chest everywhere I go, I judge others for doing anything remotely non-churchy and, let’s not forget, swear words make my ancestors cry.
…Or so Hollywood would have you believe.
…And I voted for Trump, yeah? (No, I didn’t.)
Hollywood knows it’s popular to bash my beliefs, so that is what they feed you. …I’m talkin’ the Westboro Baptist types, similar to that portrayed in movies like “Easy A.”
But don’t get me wrong. Sometimes Hollywood has it right, or as close to right as they can get.
This film makes several valid points about what it truly means to be Christ-like (but is a bit too watered down for my liking). Still, while there are multitudes of Christians who would use their Bible as a weapon, there are still those who are tired of being misrepresented.
In my opinion, this is the only movie that accurately depicts a Christian character. Jamie Sullivan doesn’t hide her faith, nor does she force it on others. She’s slightly snarky, totally sweet, earthy, and real. She’s a struggling human being who loves Jesus, just like me. This movie depicts a Christian character who acts like the Christians I know.
Split Down the Middle
I am not far-right, nor am I far-left. God gifted me with the unique, yet oft frustrating ability to see both sides of almost every ethical debate you can imagine. It’s part of why I write books. I can create characters who hold vastly different beliefs, from one another and from their creator.
And as I’m a “down the middle” kind of gal:
- I cringe when Hollywood zaps the Jesus out of screen adaptations of popular novels.
- I cringe when Hollywood depicts Christians as monstrous, bigoted poop-heads.
- I cringe when Christian writers portray Christians as Christiany-Christians who eat Christian-Os for breakfast and Christian all the live-long-day. (…Facing the Giants, and pretty much any Kirk Cameron movie.)
I REFUSE to create scripture-quoting robot characters. This is not how to show others who Christ is. This is how you alienate others. No one can relate to it, not even most Christians. It’s preachy. It’s campy. It’s…just awful.
…Yes, Christ is the center of my world. Yes, I am madly in love with my Savior. No, not every blessed second of my life needs to be linked to scripture references. And no, I don’t shove Jesus down people’s throats. I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, but guys, seriously, He gave me other passions, all of which, if used correctly, can be wordless testimonies to His wondrous works.
“Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”
Christians love Jesus. In essence, that’s it. That may mean something different to you than it does to me, but it’s my sincere hope that I will learn how to show you, in all I say and do, what it means to me. I may not always “hit the mark,” but that’s kind of the point. Just like Jamie Sullivan, I’m real. I’m human. I’m struggling. And I love Jesus.
I won’t change my beliefs to suit you. …You wouldn’t do the same for me, I hope. But this isn’t about making me happy. It’s about pointing you towards Christ. And as an Christian author, it’s my responsibility and great privilege to show you what it means to be a follower of Christ. Moreover, who Christ is.
…I think you’ll be surprised.