Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Here’s the thing, Christian movies suck. I have often wondered why. It doesn’t make sense. High quality faith-based movies make enormous amounts of money. They do well in the box office. What is going on? I used to think that there must be a conspiracy amongst the Hollywood elite. Surely this couldn't be self-inflicted.
But then I became one of the co-founders of Loor.tv. Loor is a distribution and funding platform designed to give Christian creators the freedom that Hollywood won’t. A company that tells Christian creators to love God and make what they want. A platform that won’t cancel talent for serving their audience and their God. That's when I found out why Christian movies are so terrible. Because Christians are afraid.
Scare a coyote and it will run away. If you corner the same coyote it will bite.
Christians live in fear. When you live in fear, liberty feels like walls closing in and fences feel like freedom. A caged bird is terrified by the unimaginable heights of an eagle riding the winds. But God built us for freedom.
We have heard countless times that cancel culture has everyone in Hollywood terrified to step out of line. It should be different amongst us Christians. We are not a group of terrified monkeys, crammed in a cage, willing to thump anyone who reaches for the banana. At Loor, we know that Christians could be winning the storytelling contest. That won’t happen if we bite and devour all of our storytellers.
There has been another recurring theme in my conversations with Christian creators that you need to know. Before you judge, hear me. Christian storytellers have been terribly misused by the church. I have heard story after heart-wrenching story of Christian creators that will not ever work with Christians again because they have been mistreated and mistrusted. Christian creators are KNOWINGLY choosing secular shackles because they are lighter than the yoke the church wants to put on their work.
When Nathan came to David the story was a gift within a gift. The story itself was a gift, and the conviction laid out in Psalm 51 was a gift within the gift. By forcing our storytellers to choose exile or slavery we have only shown ourselves to be hardened against conviction by fear and self-reliance.
If you want your storytellers to put on a horn of iron and tell you and Ahab that you will push the Syrians until they are destroyed, then go to Pureflix and they'll pass your cash along to Sony to build cages to keep you safe.
If you aren’t afraid to see Christian creators enter the storytelling contest free and eager to lop off giant’s heads and collect the foreskins of God's enemies, then stick around. We are clearing the battle field and blowing the horns of war.
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