and for that Cal Thomas is grateful.
Thomas relives the dreadfulness of most recent Christian movies calling it "schlock shown in church basements over the years."
He goes on to describe why The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will be nothing like all of the cheesy Christian films in the recent past.
My own theory goes along with something that I have heard atrributed to C.S. Lewis himself. The saying goes, "We don’t need more good Christian writers. We need more good writers who are Christians."
The wonderful thing about Narnia is that you can go there, hear the simple Gospel message and not feel preached at. Subtly is a fine art that Christians have lost along the way.
Too much of what passes for Christian literature and film is a flimsy story and weak characters wrapped around the Gospel. While it may indeed, "get the message out," is the message it gets out attractive to anyone?
I think there is a resurgence of good stories and fascinating characters developed by writers who happened to be Christians.
Your worldview seeps into what you write, desired or not. It shapes how you view the world and will thus shape the world you imagine. If a writer is a Christian, then those themes will make its way into their story, as was the case with the Chronicles of Narnia. Those are the stories that I long to read and write.
The Bible commands us to do everything "unto the Lord." This includes writing and filmmaking (and blogging). The way I look at this passage is that as a Christian, I am to do my very best in everything I do. This does not require me to mention Jesus in every other sentence. It does, however, compel me to express the Gospel in such a way that appeals to people.
It is possible to be both true to Scripture and Christ and produce high quality work, in fact it is God’s command to us.