...And I mean living; not just staying alive. I hope you find this blog uplifting, positive, and even entertaining as I comment on all four dimensions of living: spiritual, physical, social/emotional, and mental/intellectual. I'm having fun; I hope you do, too. I welcome your suggestions and comments.
Since Easter is nearly
upon us, I thought I’d make a list of faith-based movies for Christians to
consider watching. These are not ranked
in any kind of order.
– This classic has everything, including a genuine chariot race. The director once said privately, that it took “a Jew to make a decent movie about Christ.” Eleven academy awards.
Les Miserables (2012)
– The story is Christ-centered, although I wasn’t completely enthralled with
the motion picture version, particularly Hollywood’s idea of Heaven—an even
bigger barricade with dead soldiers on the ground. I might prefer Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010).
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) – For those who love the writings of C.S. Lewis.
The Scarlet and the Black (1983) – You’ll love watching Gregory Peck defy the
Nazis. Chariots of Fire (1981) – Eric Liddell keeps the Sabbath during the 1924 Olympics. Four Academy Awards.
Wide Awake (1998)
– M. Night Shyamalan’s first movie. A
10-year-old, coping with his grandfather’s death, embarks on a mission to find
(2006) – The campaign against the slave trade in the British Empire and the
conversion of John Newton, a slave ship crewman.
Saints and Soldiers (2003) – What if your enemy is someone you converted to Christ? Based on actual events of LDS (Mormon)
soldiers in World War II. There are two
sequels, but this is the best.
– This is about making your marriage work.
As the second of a double-feature, consider Courageous, which is produced in the same spirit as Fireproof.
Jesus of Nazareth (1977) – This mini-series features an incredible cast. Some may prefer Son of God (2014).
Bible-based videos about Christ
If you’re interested in high
quality and authentic videos about specific events in the life of Jesus Christ,
visit this page.
Four more movies worth considering
The 10 Commandments (1956), which is much more faith-based than Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The Robe (1953)
– A Roman soldier who helps crucify Jesus becomes a Christian.
Going My Way (1944)
– Bing Crosby plays a singing priest and wins an Academy Award.
A Man for All Seasons (1966) – Watch Sir Thomas More maintain his integrity while under pressure from Henry VIII. Six academy awards.
I did not name any
Christmas movies in the above list, but three I would include are It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and
The Bishop’s Wife (1947 version). A great Christmas comedy is Elf, although the makers managed to keep
religion out of it.
favorite In-n-Out Burger was packed, so Bob, a business acquaintance, made
small talk while we stood in line, “What was your favorite rock group in high
Association. Saw them in concert and they seemed positive and filled with
promise. I loved the song ‘Enter the Young.’”
And then I recited a verse:
“Here they come, some with
questions, some decisions
Here they come, some with facts and
some with visions
Of a place to multiply without the
use of divisions
To win a prize that no one’s every
Enter the young!”
still remember that?”
nodded. “I’ll tell you why. Jules Alexander was a member of the group
whose stated goal was to study the religious life of India. He left the band at its height just to do
that. And when he returned, I saw The
Association once again in concert, but this time they were all drugged out and
seemed empty…all except Jules Alexander.
It made a huge impression on me.”
now, we had had received our orders. I dived into my no-salt hand-cut fries.
you think religion made the difference, huh?”
general, I think religion is good for people and makes them better than they
would otherwise be.”
you kidding? Look at all the wars fought
over religion!” Bob declared as he bit into his Double-Double.
pointed a fry at him. “Name a religious war of the 20th
Century.” He frowned. He couldn’t think of any. “I’m sure there was one, but World War I and
World War II were not fought over religion.”
then he smiled and said, “Well in this century, we have jihad.”
have a point there,” I relented, “although I wonder how much of that is thugs
using an ideology to unite the masses.”
religion,” my friend emphasized, “and they want to kill every Jew alive. I’m sensitive to that because I’m a Jew.”
do you think religion itself is bad?” He
shrugged, so I said, “Let me paint a picture.”
nodded “okay” as he sucked his chocolate shake.
charged on: “Imagine it’s late at night and you’re on a dark street. You see a gang of teen boys walking towards
you. Would you be glad to know they just
got out of a Bible class?”
you got me. And I’ve been baitin’ ya.”
He laughed. “I kinda agree with you, but here’s the problem: most
religious people don’t practice their religion.
But if they did, I would agree that they would be better people and the
world would be a better place.” And that was that.
is religion good or bad? I share this
conversation with you because Bob makes a good point. In my opinion, we
shouldn’t be “In” and then “Out” with God.
I firmly believe that we become better with God and religion in our
lives and hearts, and so I urge you to include God in yours…and to keep living.