It is easy to criticize Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The bigger challenge for Christians is to make better movies than the people they criticize.
Screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi critiques Hollywood as well as Christian education in a recent blog post Towards a Cultural Solution: A Proposal for The Story Institute.
Remotely, the loss of good stories can be attributed to the pervasive cancer of cynicism that has infected the increasingly secular creative class. As artists pursue materialism and celebrity and move away from spirituality, their source of authentic creativity dries up. This is why Christians could play a unique and powerful role in restoring understanding of the artist’s true place in the heart of the family of men as prophets and ministers of God’s ongoing revelation.
Christian filmmakers have also received much criticism, often for producing unrealistic movies with poor acting, weak storlines that offer simple answers.
However, film criticism has its limits, too. Evangelist D.L. Moody illustrates the criticism problem in a coversation he had with a critic.
A woman told the famous preacher, "Mr. Moody, I don't like the way you do your evangelism."
Mr. Moody responded, "I don't necessarily like all of it either, but it's the best way I know how. Tell me, how do you do it?"
She answered, "Oh, I don't,"
Moody's final response is widely quoted: "Well, I like the way I'm doing it better than the way you're not doing it."
Thankfully, Nicolosi is not just a critic of Hollywood but is also a doer and has written multiple screenplays. Nicolosi also offers possible solutions to the entertainment problem.
The Solution: What is needed is a serious academy-based training program in Christendom which will become the global center of discussion and learning about dramatic story telling.
- Towards a Cultural Solution: A Proposal for The Story Institute - Patheos
- Earning the Right to Criticize - ACTS International