I have to bite my fingers to refrain from typing profanity here. I’ve counted to 10,000 and I’m still angry. It is imperative that I control my emotions and drum up the Christian love that I’m required by my Master to display for all people–even the idiots of the world who masquerade as high brow intellects as they mock and scorn things they don’t even comprehend. You might be slightly curious as to whom I’m speaking about. OK, I’ll reveal the secret: film critics. Surely part of the “taking up the cross” routine deals with biting your tongue.
You might wonder if someone has trashed one of my movies. Nah. The big time critics don’t waste their time on small budget Indie films, especially in the Christian genre. Two theater-released Christian movies bringing a fair number of movie goers through the turnstiles are big flops with the critics at Rotten Tomatoes (surprise surprise). The main criticism of both of them is pretty common for any Christian movie. They all have the ulterior motive of trying to entice recruits into the Christian army. And for that heinous crime, those producers must be punished with rotten tomatoes.
God’s Not Dead 2 is a movie that might ruffle some critics’ feathers. It involves a blatant display of Christian persecution in action (which according to critics is non existent in the real world) and a Christian who has the audacity to stand up to that persecution. This scenario must have those critics foaming at the mouth. I understand those reactions. Those are the kinds of movies and books that I write and the worldly backlash I face.
However Miracles from Heaven is a totally different animal. In contrast to a story in GND2 (which critics claim is a straw man assemblage and piñata party) versus the true story of the healing of a young girl. They are as different as a knife and a spoon. Yet the same criticisms are applied: Preaching to the choir. Making recruits. Catering to the church. Manipulative. For goodness sakes, can these creative critic types not come up with original comments? Must they sound like a broken record every time they write about a Christian movie?
God gave people power to heal, etc. as a witness to those who won’t believe. These movie critics have the chutzpah to criticize a true story as a soap opera, a tool of manipulation, I heard someone speaking the other day about how a person’s testimony cannot be countered without evidence that the speaker is lying. When a person gives testimony there is very little belief involved. Their testimony involves what actually happened to them. If people’s testifying of a miracle is discounted as proselytizing, unbelievers will never see the truth – unless they witness the miracle themselves. It’s like the devil objecting to every question from the defense counsel and the judge sustaining those objections.
I have a few questions? Why don’t these brilliant observers notice the way secular films manipulate people? Why are they so afraid of being exposed to Christian ideas about a life after death. Do they not want to prolong their existence? And Why does any Christian even bother to check out the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes concerning faith based films?
I’ve calmed down. I know that God has me in His hand no matter how crazy the world gets (and it’s pretty whacked out). I will not worry about the morons who refuse to accept evidence but put God on trial and object to any testimony that might be given in His defense. The problem for them is that no matter what the courts of the world say, the most powerful Judge of all awaits them. And as much as I’d love to gloat over their discomfort at facing that Judge, I know I have to continue to pray for and witness to the mockers and scorners.
Bottom line – go see Miracles from Heaven. It was very well done, great cinematography, great acting, and a wonderful, true story of hope. If God had been left out of this film, the critics would have raved.