This Ad Pricks Me

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This ad has turned up often as I’ve been on the Internet in the last few days. If we lived in a world where it is celebrated for one to be a Christian, I wouldn’t think this is a demeaning statement. But be as things are, this ad seems to be saying “Can you believe this?!”
I know nothing about this movie so I can’t say personally whether it’s Christian based or not. But that we live in a society that it seems that a well known actress is being ridiculed for working in such a movie is disturbing. To take it even further, the ad seems to be attacking the intelligence of Christians, as if it’s a joke that someone of substance would be involved with such.
This goes hand in hand with what I am hoping to accomplish with my blog, my website and my writings of both fiction and non-fiction. Christians are not just those who show up at church everytime the doors are open. Christians are not just those who preach. Christians are those who come into contact with many many people each day and live fully alive in their relationship with Jesus Christ. As they interact daily – with the light of Jesus alive in their hearts, minds and souls – they become someone who is seen by others as dependable, trustworthy, uplighting – the list could go on – but above all, stable in each of these characteristics. If those traits are mocked, it is evident where the lack of intelligence lies. Take that a step further and consider that even when mocked, Christians have the strength of God to turn the other cheek and not allow the mockery to change who they truly are – children of the Most High God. Go a step even further and maybe by standing strong and true, they may even plant seeds in the minds of the mockers that God can bring to fruition. Full circle with how the Kingdom is expanded, wouldn’t you say? And being who we’re meant to be and fullfilling our purpose even, don’t you think? Leave that in the hands of the Almighty and all will be as it should.
I am certain that before taking on the role in a ‘Christian’ movie, an actor/actress is aware of the publicity such a role would incur. I applaud Ashley Judd for turning the other cheek.

6 thoughts on “This Ad Pricks Me

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  2. Goodness, I do NOT think this ad is demeaning either Christianity or the actress! It pricks me for a different reason: It appears to be using religion as a marketing tool. I find that inappropriate regardless of the religion used.

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  3. Thanks for the follow!! I’m not only thankful because you’re my first non-family follower, but also because I was able to come across your blog! I was sure to give a follow right back!!!

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  4. Hello Mr Rhodes,
    I agree that multitudes are filled with a rebellious spirit that keeps them from finding the many blessings of God but. I also know that we are all given the right of choice – to choose whether we follow Christ or follow our rebellious natures. The mind makes these choices, thus we use our intellects to choose. And it is the confidence in the Holy Spirit which gives us the strength to continually day after day face rebellious factions as we live our lives through Christ. As we remain steadfast in our convictions to and through Him, we are answering his call of the great commission in our own little circle of the world. Generally speaking, media makes every attempt to HAVE the answer and, again with Christianity not being a topic that’s celebrated in media the ad is meant to show, yes, surprise. But simply put, the media gods were making a slander at a ‘Christian’ movie and this particular actress just happened to have a big enough name for them to do it.
    Thank you for your comment. May God Bless You and Yours.
    Tammi

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  5. Hello and thank you for visiting my blog -which, of course, is what brought me here. 🙂

    Funny, I never heard of this movie prior to coming here and reading your article. Being the curious sort that I am, I went and looked up the movie, watched the trailer, read the descriptor and even registered so I could access the resources they are offering (leader’s guide for Christian youth groups and adult small groups). I must say, this movie makes no sense to me what-so-ever and I can see no redeeming value to this movie at all. To me, this movie is not even a good seeker-friendly movie. But I digress. [grin]

    As to the crux of your article, I do not see the ad the way you do – as an insult to Christians and/or Christianity. What I see, (knowing the types of movies Ashley Judd has been in) is more of a “Surprise” statement. But to me, this is nothing new. Lots of familiar and popular actors have had similar roles in similar movies. It doesn’t mean they are Christian, per se.

    What I really wanted to touch upon was a couple of statements you made in your article, to wit…

    1) YOU SAID: Christians are those who come into contact with many many people each day and live fully alive in their relationship with Jesus Christ. As they interact daily – with the light of Jesus alive in their hearts, minds and souls – they become someone who is seen by others as dependable, trustworthy, uplighting – the list could go on – but above all, stable in each of these characteristics. If those traits are mocked, it is evident where the lack of intelligence lies.

    I don’t see it as a matter of intelligence. There are many intelligent people who do not know God and are devoid of his Spirit. Rather, I see it as Paul variously describes it in his letter to the church in Rome. We all, at some point in our life, are self-centered rather than God centered. Some never come to know God, but it is not for a lack of intelligence, but out of a rebellious heart that refuses to submit.

    2) YOU SAID: Take that a step further and consider that even when mocked, Christians have the strength of God to turn the other cheek and not allow the mockery to change who they truly are – children of the Most High God.

    As one who used to walk in rebellion and now walk in the light of Christ, it isn’t “strength” that allows me to “turn the other cheek” today. Rather, it is understanding the source of the of the mockery and having a heart of compassion for the lost that enables me to treat others with the same mercy and grace that God extends to us who used to be like that.

    To me, that is truly the transformation that takes place in the hearts of those who have come to know and follow Christ. We no longer see things from a human perspective. Rather, we begin to see things with the heart and mind of Christ (cf; 1 Cor 2:15-16). So while it is painful to live “behind enemy lines”, our life has new meaning and purpose. Now we seek to give rather than take. We are more concerned about others than we our our self. Our desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ, as he leads and enables us each day.

    I, too, sometimes become distracted with what is going on in the world. I praise God when he shows me my heart and lovingly redirects my attention to the things of heaven (cf; COL 3:1-17).

    Grace and peace to you and yours.
    kdr

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  6. I get what you are saying here, and you’re right. Christianity is and always will be an “odd” thing to those who follow along in the worldly ways. That’s the work of the devil and he’s “infected” so many people!

    Sadly, many of them will go to their human graves with no thought of living in a Godly manner. That’s why we need to be the “lights” to the world for salvation’s sake. But God will be the Judge of everything…and Godly things are anything but odd to Him!

    The True Light

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