6 Major Problems With Christian Movies

6 Major Problems With Christian Movies

Are we lowering our standards a little too much?
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Lately, more and more Christian movies have been coming out. The release of God’s Not Dead in 2014 seemed to spark a trend of faith-based movies being produced, many of which being created by the film company Pure Flix, a company that has since started a Netflix-like movie service for Christian movies. However, many Christian movies receive mostly negative reviews from critics, and despite being a Christian myself, I agree with the criticisms. Here are some problems that can be found in most Christian movies, and why they’re problems.


1. Atheists are always the bad guys.

Who ever said that atheists are the enemies of Christians? Certainly not Jesus. However, Christian movies seem to thrive on the idea that atheists are antagonists, as if that will help them to relate to Christians. The idea that atheists are always the bad guys in movies promotes an unrealistic, and frankly, prejudice view of real atheism. Atheists are not always mean, hateful people (they rarely are), and should not be viewed or approached as such.

2. They’re incredibly cheesy.

Christian movies, especially those produced by Pure Flix, never leave you feeling surprised or emotional or like something you didn’t expect to happen happened. They’re predictable. For example, at the end of God’s Not Dead, the Newsboys performs a concert which every character who appeared throughout the movie attends, at which time they perform a song titled God’s Not Dead and make a shout out to the main character. Could this be any more cheesy? Because Christian movies have such unrealistic themes, they are not taken seriously by audience members, contributing to their poor reviews.

3. They promote un-Christian ideals to make Christianity more relatable.

I don’t know why they do this, but many Christian movies feature unbiblical statements and ideas, ones that are cliches to a world who doesn’t read the Bible. A popular scene in God’s Not Dead, for example, shows a character’s elderly, senile grandmother stating that sometimes Satan lets people live easy lives so that they will not turn to God. This idea is incredibly false when viewed in light of the Bible. Satan does not have nearly that much power over humans, and certainly does not have more power than God.

4. They are, often, poorly funded, resulting in a lack of quality.

Would a Christian movie ever receive as much funding as popular secular movies, such as Batman v Superman? No. Because of this, they feature unpopular, sometimes untalented actors, poor special effects, and overall a lack of quality. However, they are held to the same standards as any other movie, and are criticized likewise.

5. They always start with a voiceover.

Have you ever noticed that most Christian movies start with a voiceover from the main character while an arbitrary scene of clouds or city life floods before your eyes? Pay attention next time you watch one; I can almost guarantee the voiceover will be there. Voiceovers aren’t inherently bad, per se, but when Pure Flix includes them in pretty much every movie they produce, it gets a little cliche and predictable.

6. They are marketed directly toward Christians.

Would a movie featuring grumpy atheists really appeal to atheists? No. Christian movies are marketed and directed toward people who are already Christian, even if they make it sound like they aren’t. An apologetic movie like God’s Not Dead, focused on proving the existence of God, would make a lot more sense when marketed toward people who do not believe in God, but when you make those people look stupid in the movie, it isn’t doing them any favors.


I’m not saying all Christian movies are bad, and even the ones that fit every above criticism can still be enjoyed as heartwarming flicks. However, in a society that has become so advanced in filmmaking, Christian movies have seriously fallen behind. They aren’t helping anyone to come to Christ and are instead the laughing stock of modern film critics. It’s time for a change.




Cover Image Credit: Pureflix

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An article that absolutely infuriates me has gone viral. As a feminist, as a writer, and simply as a woman, it drives me up a wall to see another woman proclaiming that God's plan for women was to "submit to their husbands."

I don't know where to start with all the issues I found in reading the piece, so I'll start with what a feminist is. It's a subjective term and its connotation varies from person to person.

But to me, feminism is being empowered and expressive individuals with open minds and open hearts. They are activists for change and equality. They have concerns about the environment and global warming. They acknowledge issues within sexism and racism and then try to figure out how to solve them. They see that the world isn't perfect.

Feminists are the reason we can vote. They're the reason birth control is an option for us. They're why we're allowed to wear pants. They're why we have careers. The female pioneers paved the way for anything we're allowed to do, and they are why we celebrate the power of women every March.

But instead, the woman who wrote "I'm A Christian And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals," used our month of pride for clout. And took justification from The Bible to do it.

The Bible is not an instruction manual. It was written over many, many years by hordes of sexist men whose existence we have minimal proof of. And over the last thousand years, it's been translated and reinterpreted more times than anyone could ever keep track of. That's not to say it doesn't have some good lessons, but lessons are all they are.

Thinking your worth and capabilities were planned for you thousands of years in advance is ignorant. Religion and The Bible and God are as subjective as feminism. Everything is open-ended. One person's view of who or what God is not going to be the same as the last.

Commonly, God is seen as a man at the center of the universe who holds all existence in his hands. He is the reason why anyone does anything. He is the rule maker. And He is judging us and waiting for our every mistake.

But as a proud feminist, I've chosen to have my own idea of this holy being. I wasn't brought up in church, but I decided to believe in something much greater than myself or anything I've ever seen just because I wanted to. I want to believe that faith has to come from somewhere, and I didn't want a book making the rules for me.

Just by watching life move through time, I happen to believe God is the good in all of us. Not one being, but he beginning and the end of everything. The push and the pull. The conscious and subconscious. And considering that God is the creator, I've concluded God must be a woman because women are the creators.

And in my experience, women have proved themselves to be much stronger and more capable than any man.

As for what She creates, I think She makes no mistakes. I think She tests our patience and beliefs by giving us what we don't expect. There's intent and love in everything She gives us. I think every woman was made to be relentless, imperfect, fearless, and even a little rebellious.

And if we're saying Adam and Eve were the start of it all, then God proved that right off the bat. God saved the best for last, and then made her a badass. Yes, the first woman came into this world as a rule breaker. She questioned authority. And since the beginning of time, authority has been a snake. The world is our forbidden fruit to bite.

The sole purpose of a woman isn't to submit to anyone. A woman can do whatever she damn well pleases, just as any man. A woman's worth isn't tied to what kind of wife or mother she is and how closely she follows the rules. I was raised by the most incredible mom and wife. She did happen to stay at home with me and be the traditional woman. But while she was home, she taught me how great it is to be a woman. She made sure I knew I could be whoever I wanted and would pay no consequences for that.

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