S. M. Hutchens reminds me of what is, I think, a classic debate among Christians. The one I’m thinking of has one side telling good faithful Christians, “You will ’take leave of the self and become Christ’ when you abandon the cities, with all their decadence and depravity, and become ascetics continually praying for the world’s redemption in the desert monasteries.” On the other side are those telling good faithful Christians, “You will ’take leave of the self and become Christ’ when you enter the city, preach His Word and live out God’s call in your work.”
Which path is the Way? I don’t really know. I just think it is wrong to encourage Christians to abandon their neighbors to the most powerful proponent of secularism, materialism, nihilism, and general anti-Christian animosity. It is just as wrong to encourage Christians to abandon the ascetic life in order to shed their Christian light on the culture. Those in the city and those in the proverbial desert oppose the culture of death as they are called by God.
Most of Hollywood has become a force that eats away at the West’s Judeo-Christian foundation all the while claiming, “But it’s just a movie.” I am a Christian and an aspiring screenwriter who believes that Hollywood can become a force that resists the destruction of this foundation and that I can be an agent in this change. Should anything I write ever end up on the big screen, I pray that there is a Christian film reviewer out there encouraging Hollywood to redirect its talents who will tell me whether or not I’ve missed the mark.
Daniel P. Crandall
Rancho Santa Margarita, California