I'm worried. My husband-a.k.a.-pastor has received two movie promo packets from Hollywood since the mind-blowing success of The Passion. One was for Guns and Glory, and the other for The Cinderella Man. Obviously, movie-makers are hoping that the Jesus-like heroism depicted in these films will inspire the "untapped evangelical market" to storm theaters. I haven't seen either movie, so I'll reserve my reviews, but is there a trend in the marketing gurus' assumptions about our community? I fear they're muttering something like this to each other: "Those religious types get hot under the collar when it comes to sexuality, but they sure don't mind excessive violence."
This assumption reinforces a troubling ideological divide in the church, with half of us protesting the idol of violence, while the other half resists the idol of twisted sexuality. Hollywood is trying to court the anti-immorality half, those of us who may not acknowledge how pop culture's violence is ripping apart the younger generation. Shouldn't we as a community of faith be unified in our attempt to rescue young peple from both distortions?
Oh, and I have another gripe: why aren't they sending pastors any romantic comedies? Anything with humor in it? Are we that serious in their stereotype of us? The makers of "Spanglish," for example, could have thought about targeting evangelicals, as the main characters in that film edge close to adultery and then turn their backs on it. Urgent plea: are there any other romantic comedies to champion in our "market?"