A Christian and the Media

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.               

2017 April Newsletter from Pastor Mews

“A Christian and the Media.”

For my Master’s Degree at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne,  I wrote my thesis over “Death & the Media,” namely how film depicts death. Believe Amazon printed this book read by just one person, the editor, LOL!   If you’ve listened to any of my sermons, you will quickly realize that I enjoy movies. My oldest daughter works at Family Video, she is asked to view new releases and many times I watch them with her.   Movies are meant to jar our emotions, confront us with social ills, remind us of heroes and influence us to live greater lives.  Movies, like any form of mass media, inform, shape, influence and even reflect society back at us.  There’s been a lot of talk about the movie, “The Shack.”  7-8 years ago it was a best selling book, and recently came to life on the big screen.  Christian organizations have shared their praise and concerns with it.  So here’s my take not only on “The Shack,” but any other movie.

  1. Movies are cinema, they are story in art.  Most movies I watch have nothing or very little to do with religion, when they do, it’s usually far off and even negative.  At times seeing any display of religion in movies quite refreshing compared to the ‘ungodly’, lousy content of many of them.
  2. The best lie isn’t an outright lie, because it’s easy to ignore and pass off as nonsense. The best lie usually contains a lot of truth, with subtle, but damaging spins and half truths.
  3. Each and every Christian is to be thoroughly in the Word.  The Word is God’s revelation of truth, revealing Christ who came to suffer and die for our sins.  When one studies the original it’s rather easy to spot counterfeits.  When one is grounded on God’s words, false tremors are felt.
  4. Just because a movie mentions “Jesus,” or uses His Name doesn’t automatically make that movie theologically sound and in harmony with God’s clear Word.
  5. The movie “The Shack, ”has some very good redeeming qualities in it;  It’s main emphasis is about redemption, forgiveness and relationships with God.  The Trinity is alluded to as well as the need of reconciliation.  These are very admirable qualities, especially for anything that is found on the silver screen.   The LCMS, our LCMS has given its review to this film and did so when the book “The Shack” was distributed.  Some of the teachings and parts of “The Shack” aren’t as clearly defined as Jesus, The Trinity, and His clear teachings in the Bible are.  “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”  Jesus didn’t insist on shades of truth, but truth itself.  Likewise, we wouldn’t care much if our doctor got close in their diagnosis or treatments of our illness when faced with serious diseases, well because it’s the big picture not details that count.  When we buy a house or vehicle, we want more than just estimates, the actual price.
  6. Now am I saying, boycott it? Don’t watch it?  Of course not.  What I am saying, not only about “The Shack, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One, X men, La La Land,” or any other film is watch it with a Godly filter.  Yes, be entertained, but also watch it with a mind of Godly discernment.  “The Shack” and its content offers excellent opportunities to share the hope we have.  The hope we have in Christ, who suffered, died and rose again, see 1 Peter 3:15.  The hope we have in our own story of God who touched us for salvation and of course this sharing is to be done with seasoned with the salt of God Word and with respect, humility and gentleness.

God be with you in all your viewing as “We Share Christ and Grow Disciples.”  In Christ, Pastor Mews.