So today I was listening to K-Love on the way to work. Yes, I listen to K-Love on the way to school. I like to sing to wake up, and they have the least intrusive morning show. About halfway there, though the "news" comes on. I put that in quotations because it isn't really news, not headline news anyway. It is, rather, "positive stories." Needless to say, that is typically when I slide in a Caedmon's Call or Third Day CD. Today, though I was thinking through all the things I needed to do before classes started, and I just listened through the "positive stories." The final part was a quick review by the spokesman of a certai family group of what's opening at the theatres this weekend. His statement was basically the following: Don't go see Beowulf. It is filled with violence. It's an appalling amount of violence. Go see Bella, instead....Or another choice is A Bee Movie. I didn't particularly enjoy it, but it does have potential to be a nice family-friendly movie.
Hm. So basically, avoid one movie merely because it is violent, regardless of its artistic or ultimate moral merit. Instead, go see a movie that the reviewer found to be barely mediocre merely because it's basically "family-friendly." Interesting. Bella and A Bee Movie may be well-crafted films, yet I find it incredibly sad that the average Christian seeking entertainment guidance by this particular group--and by extension K-Love--is encouraged toward certain movies based entirely upon said movies' relative innocuousness. Yet innocuousness does not encourage excellence; instead, it breeds mediocrity. Last time I checked, God wasn't looking for mediocre followers, innocuous disciples. Of course, last time I checked, the Bible was neither innocuous nor "family-friendly." If it were a movie, you should definitely not take your kids to see it.