Great Christian Movies in a Secular Culture
In America, the opposition towards Christianity is intensifying in many industries, primarily entertainment. Our culture is drowning in movies, TV shows and music that is unedifying and unhealthy. Yet in the midst of Hollywood’s objectionable ideas, values, and content, some filmmakers have crafted inspiring and well-received Christian entertainment. We have listed a few of them below:
Paul, Apostle of Christ
The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle.
Directed by Andrew Hyatt
Written by Terence Berden and Andrew Hyatt
Starring James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel and André Agius
Plugged In: “Perhaps it goes without saying that Plugged In would invariably praise Paul, Apostle of Christ, as a ‘good’ movie—that is, a movie filled with lots of encouraging Christian content and positive messages. And it absolutely is that. But let me go a step further: Paul, Apostle of Christ, is a good movie—a well-crafted, moving film with strong performances and an absolutely magnetic turn by James Faulkner, who plays the titular protagonist… Paul, Apostle of Christ brings to life one of Christendom’s most compelling founders: a grizzled, worn-down warrior whose soul longs for home, and who longs to bring as many other souls as possible with him.”
Movie Guide: “Paul, Apostle of Christ is a profound, inspiring movie about Paul’s last days in a Roman prison… The acting is superb throughout Paul, Apostle of Christ. Also, despite some talky moments, the dialogue is brilliantly written and beautifully uses a few passages from Jesus in the Gospels and Paul’s letters in the Bible. The movie’s first act is a little slow and not as clear as it could be, but the second and third acts are great. Paul, Apostle of Christ is a must-see, well-crafted, soul-stirring movie with a strong Christian worldview teaching that Christian love can soften hearts. Caution is advised for older children for some violent images.”
I Can Only Imagine
The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.
Directed by Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin
Written by Alex Cramer, story by Jon Erwin
Starring Dennis Quaid, J. Michael Finley, and Brody Rose
Plugged In: “Every song tells a story. But sometimes the story behind a given song is more dramatic than the song itself. That’s the case with ‘I Can Only Imagine,’ …and even though [MercyMe]’s frontman, Bart Millard, scribbled out the tear-jerking tune about being with Jesus in heaven in just a few minutes one emotion-filled night, its inspiration was a lifetime in the making… ‘I Can Only Imagine’ is about the paradoxical link between pain and redemption, between brokenness and forgiveness… [it] paints one picture of what working through hurt—admittedly, a very dramatic variety of it—might look like.”
Movie Guide: “I Can Only Imagine is a powerful, heart-rending story of redemption and reconciliation found in Jesus Christ. Dennis Quaid is terrific as Bart’s father. Bart Millard described his father as a monster and someone he hated, but who transformed into a man and who became his best friend and a role model. Void of objectionable content, I Can Only Imagine warrants only a light caution for younger children because of tastefully executed abusive violence.”
Another anticipated film is the sequel to the popular God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2.
God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness
Pastor Dave (David A.R. White) responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down.
Directed by Michael Mason
Written by Michael Mason
Starring David A.R. White, John Corbett, and Shane Harper
While no reviews are available yet for this movie, it will be opening in theaters on March 30th, just before Easter Sunday.