DIVIDED–The Movie, and others…20 Nov 10

OK,

This movie is sure to stir things up a bit.  Here is the blurb from their website:

“There is a crisis. Christian youth are rapidly leaving evangelical churches for the world. This well-recognized disaster has been the topic of significant discussion in recent years for both church leaders and modern news media. DIVIDED follows young Christian filmmaker Philip LeClerc on a revealing journey as he seeks answers to what has led his generation away from the church.

Traveling across the country conducting research and interviewing church kids, youth ministry experts, evangelists, statisticians, social commentators, and pastors, Philip discovers the shockingly sinister roots of modern, age-segregated church programs, and equally shocking evidence that the pattern in the Bible for training future generations is at odds with modern church practices.

He also discovers a growing number of churches that are abandoning age-segregated Sunday school and youth ministry to embrace the discipleship model that God prescribes in His Word.”

This documentary is well produced and directed.  It has the feel of the movie Expelled–No Intelligence Allowed, another interesting documentary I heartily recommend along with Demographic Winter:  The Decline of the Human Family.

A final thought–Mr. Geoff Botkin commented at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival that the word amusement can be broken down into a-muse-ment.  The first syllable means “without” and the second syllable means “to think over.”  So, when we sit down to movies, does God want us to switch our brains off and “be without thinking” whether the movie promotes godliness or promotes wickedness?  Is that shepherding our children?  Consider if you have ever said, “well, there was only a little bit of adult humor/nudity/language/violence/blasphemy.”  That is akin to putting a small amount of cow manure in your brownie mix–you probably won’t notice a little bit in the final product.  But, is is good for you?  And, is it possible you can add a little more manure each time and not notice the increased acceptance of those things opposed to God?  We are to render every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5), redeem the time for the days are evil (Eph 5:16), and set our minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Col 3:1-2).

May God give us wisdom and discernment in all areas of life.

Mike Chapa
Executive Director

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