In her article, “Direct Contact: Seasoning the Media Arts,” Melody Green presents a clear, well-thought-out take on the media crisis in America. By applying Jesus’ salt-of-the-world metaphor to Christian artists in Hollywood, Green goes on to recommend a complete shift in our views of the entertainment business. Rather than abandoning Hollywood to the world, she says, Christian artists have a responsibility to “season” the media arts by using their talents to the glory of God. I agree whole-heartedly with Green’s overall point. Our culture needs a huge revival, particularly in the entertainment line; and I think that we could largely accomplish this by “salting” Hollywood with Christianity. However, there are a couple of things in Green’s article which, I believe, require some clarification.
First, Green reminds readers that every movie, song or book does not need to portray the gospel – the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself used parables and “drama,” for lack of a better word, to illustrate His teaching. I do not disagree with this; but I do see a danger in Christian media wandering too far from our hope, the gospel. It is so easy to push aside our consciences when our eyes are not firmly fixed upon Christ. As Christians, we have the responsibility and the delight to point to our Savior with every story we write, every movie we make, every breath that we take. And, while I do not think that every piece of art needs to directly depict the gospel, I believe that it does need to stand out from the world’s work as giving glory to God.
Green’s implication that, though Hollywood stinks of humanity’s sin, Christian artists need have no fear of contamination also concerns me. We aren’t in Kansas anymore, brothers and sisters. We live in a fallen world, and guess what? Satan is real. Yes, we serve a Sovereign God. Yes, we can rest in Him, knowing that nothing can pluck us from His hands. But we’ve got to remember that we are just the sheep, not the Shepherd. He alone holds the power to defy Satan, not us. The moment we stop fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, we open ourselves up to Satan’s temptation.
Again, though I realize that Melody Green meant to focus on the dearth of godly men and women in the entertainment arena rather than on the dangers of said arena, I think that she should have addressed these points more adequately. I merely wished to remind myself, and my readers that “sin is crouching at the door.” Surely, we must use the available tools to God’s glory. But let us use these tools cautiously, alert to the danger that surrounds us. Let us remember to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1). And let us never lose sight of Him, even in the depths of Hollywood.