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A good movie is hard to find

Picking out a movie should be one of the easier tasks in life. At least that's what I thought until two weeks ago.

We have in-house fundraisers at my church to help the youth pay for summer camp. One of those is movie night where we show a movie at the church and treat the adults to snacks during intermission.

This took place last Friday night. And aside from what the church bulletin said it was not "Adult Movie Night." I'll let those of you with your mind in the gutter figure that one out. I just hope Jay Leno doesn't get a copy of our bulletin.

Anyway, picking out a movie to show at church presents a tremendous problem. We have a wide variety of moviegoers mixed together. Some see movies every weekend; others haven't seen one since Gone With the Wind came out.

So here's my dilemma -- there is no movie that will satisfy all of those tastes, but I must endeavor to find one that comes close. And to compound that, I chose to find a movie with a Christian message.

Little did I know that a movie with those specifications does not exist. So I backed up and punted. I decided to go with a movie that at least portrays Christianity in a positive light.

Since my wife hasn't been too busy lately, I sent her out with instructions on what type of movie to purchase for the event. She came back with two separate, hour-long films from none other than Billy Graham Ministries.

Not to knock Billy, but I just don't think an in-your-face convert-now type of movie is what I should show. Most everyone that came to our movie night was in church for the fourth time that week. I at least hope there's not too many lost people in that group.

Back to the drawing board, and time is running out.

"How about Bruce Almighty," I said, thinking of the positive message and portrayal of God in the film. But I just happened to forget that it was Jim Carey who is known for his crude humor.

Strike two, and we're only four days away from movie night.

My wife then visited every movie store in the known universe looking for the right film -- to no avail. It seems the stores won't sell decent, Christian-based movies, probably because there is no market for them.

I hope that is one thing The Passion of the Christ will change. People should demand more from their entertainment. I don't simply accept what is thrown at me. I may have to search for my music and movies, but think of how much garbage I filter out by doing so. Try it sometime.

Oh just to let you know, we finally found a movie -- Joshua. I had to order it off of an obscure website, but everyone enjoyed it. It wasn't too preachy, and it wasn't foul in any way. A rare find these days.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2004

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