The Vision Movie Update 2

Movie Messaging

by Manny Edwards

Why Christians must master film craft!

By and large, the church has lost its Biblical worldview without even knowing it. If you were the devil and you wanted to create a generation gap in the church, how would you do it?

Almost every institutional church in this country fractures worshipers by age and demographic just like the secular academic institutions do. You have “college groups,” “teen groups,” “young married’s class,” “recently divorced groups,” “empty nesters groups.” We use religious language and call the assembly a congregation, but we don’t actually carry out a Biblical process of congregation; we use a secular process called segregation. We say one thing, but do the opposite. Is it any wonder there’s a disconnect between the Christian lifestyle taught in the Bible and the life actually lived out in the church?

In his letter to Titus, Paul lays out a blueprint for the structure of the church. Among other things, he tells Titus that the elder should teach the younger, but now they have no opportunity to do so. The older folks are in their empty nesters class keeping their wisdom and experience to themselves, the young couples are in their young married class pooling their ignorance, and the children are in their own classes coloring pictures of Noah’s ark. Responsibilities that God gives to parents are now sloughed off to Sunday School teachers. Real social security is a large extended family clan, but now even Christians look to the state for health care insurance, housing assistance, and food stamps. They’re used to having institutions care for them, instead of a family.

With the family and church now out of the picture, people learn their lifestyle principles from media. The 2002 Barna Research Group reported that media are the most influential forms of communication today. Movies use story craft to advance a message, and the message Christians are getting in theaters rarely reflects a Biblical worldview. At home, opportunities to spend time together and interact are eaten up by TV shows and computer games. There goes the chance to teach your children the words of God. You can’t “talk of them when thou sittest in thine house” unless you’re talking to each other in the first place.

We must change that. The objective is to turn Christians to the task of living out the Word of God; to restore the words of God in their hearts; to make them effective bearers of the gospel of salvation. Because they’re watching movies anyway, our strategy is to master film craft and take a Biblical worldview to the audience.

The theatrical adaptation of Debi Pearl’s The Vision is a rare opportunity to make an entertaining film rich in story, with an epic theme that will motivate Christians to treasure the words of God and save the lost.

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Mel Cohen Update

We have created a line item budget for The Vision movie. We have been looking for creative ways to fund it. We have found that the State of Tennessee has two specific grant programs. One offers a 17% rebate on qualified expenditure while the other offers a 15% rebate.

In addition to this we have applied to our local county for seed money to get this project started. The return to the county would be in excess of $1,000,000 of new revenue, so we are praying that they will come through with the initial funding.

If we can answer any questions on The Vision movie, send me an email at: mcohen@nogreaterjoy.org or go to The Vision Film Blog.

[Note: The Vision Film website is no longer at the following address: www.TheVisionFilm.com.]