Christian films are quite a weird movie genre. Are they Christian because they evangelize the Gospel? Do they have to evangelize to be considered Christian or do they need to be made by a believer? Can movies with great analogies be Christian if they were not made for that purpose? Just so we are clear when I say Christian movies I mean movies that represent church culture and include God as a main topic.
With that said, Christian movies have been rising up trying to give mainstream culture an alternative to movies. They sprout up in theaters, Netflix, Hallmark, TBN, and other places where Christians have gotten their foot in the door. They come in many shapes like family-friendly, hot topic-driven, teen romance, artistic, or Kevin Sorbo-approved. We even have a special place for edgy Christian movies where you can say PG-13 words and be post modern (Blue Like Jazz and Believe Me).
But there is one movie genre that has been neglected because of how dangerous it is. It is often seen as silly, provocative, and incredibly overdone. But when it is done (and done well) it becomes a hallmark for wit and intelligence.
I am talking about the satire/parody.
Airplane, Austin Powers, The Naked Gun, Top Secret, Scary Movie, Here Come the Spartans, A Haunted House, and Vampires Suck. These movies are grungy, ridiculous, sometimes witty, mostly garbage, and very lame. But they represent one truth.
When we love something we make a parody of it to show how much we love it. All these movies represent a mock representation of pop culture and news. Parody movies are the cultural buffer that says, “Hey, life is not that serious. We can make fun of ourselves.”
The part of me that laughed was the part of me that hates myself
But you’re thinking, “Those movies suck! Why would Christians demote themselves to such low art?”
Yes, you are right. But they suck due to the humor being aimed at 12-15 year-olds and the writer relying on the character license too much. All that can be changed and we have movies like Airplane and Monty Python to thank. Christians need a satire movie for many reasons.
1.) We need to remember that God is funny. Humor is an important part of the developing soul and we downplay it because salvation has serious consequences. It was Jesus who said such comedic lines like, “Blind leading the blind,” and “Camel fitting through the eye of a needle.” All these things were used for teaching and getting people’s attention.
2.) We need to show the world that we love God and his Kingdom more than we love our Christian culture. We don’t protect our habits, likes and dislikes, we expose them for what they really are.
3.) We also need to show the world that humor can be smart, funny, and intelligent. We won’t rely on grotesque sex and potty jokes and the world will get a taste of high art comedy.
4.) A movie about Christian culture is a great foot in the door for your un-churched friends. Comedies usually bring people together.
This man was the master of parody
So here are my thoughts…
Movie: Oh No! A Christian Movie!
Story: Our movie starts in the sleepy American town of Thumperville, Pennsylvania. It is a cozy, traditional town with plenty of farms and churches. The female protagonist, Anna, desires to take her faith out of the sleepy town and do something excellent. Her single father worries because Anna’s mom died in a car accident and he needs to raise her with good Christian morals.
On the other side of town we have the big city of Neo Matrix York. The male protagonist, Claude, is looking for the truth as he graduates from high school. His life is full of partying and not taking things too seriously. Meanwhile, his local governor, Devlin Natas, is running for President of the World in the next election with the sneaky underhanded plan to create a one world government that requires all colleges to teach Atheism.
Claude has a a firefighter dad who struggles with internet Mahjong. Claude also has a token black friend, James, who loves the party life and constantly does nothing to grow up. Meanwhile, Claude attends Gomorrah High School, which has a principal addicted to lighting Bibles on fire due to an incident he had with Christian police.
Anna starts to attend Gomorrah and notices the depravity of the school. Her only Christian friend is a kind janitor named Kirk who has sage wisdom for all her problems. He was a former pilot, but during one of his flights all the visitors disappeared, which drove him to think the world was ending (truthfully the plane was filled with a professional league of Hide-and-Seekers). There’s also a very mysterious student named Joshua Chris. He is a living allegory and can be seen walking across the pool, feeding students, and talking highly about his dad.
Anna meets Claude and is stricken with interest for his bad boy side. After many ice cream dates Anna shares her faith and reveals her heart’s true love. On the third date Anna makes an analogy how she is a “deer stuck inside a flaming Ferris wheel, but Jesus was the handsome lumberjack who saved her” and Claude finally gets it.
They both fall in love and show it by side hugging, but Anna reveals that she only side hugs with her left arm, because she believes only her husband deserves a right arm side hug. Claude makes his life right. He witnesses to his dad and his best friend. Then he decides he wants to start a ministry where he creates a college football team called The Little Davids.
He would have to be in it.
Unfortunately, Devlin Natas becomes president of the world and makes Christianity illegal in college. All seems hopeless until Claude gets visited by a talking peach and a lion. They tell him to confront Devlin Natas. Claude challenges Devlin to a major football game and the winner has to give up their belief system.
The game is fierce and gets interrupted by asteroids falling from the sky and earthquakes. In the last scene, Claude’s team is down by one point. His quarterback throws the football to Joshua Chris in the end zone. Joshua catches the football successfully but the impact kills him immediately therefore he sacrificed his life.
The loss is too great for Devlin Natas and he starts to melt. The field lights turn on, a stage comes out, and three musicians named Max, Kevin, and Toby come out to announce their reunion.
What do you all think? Do you think we should have Christian Satires? Yay or nay?
Michael P M
I am a minister for Campus Ambassadors, a gymnastics customer service rep, a social media enthusiast and a writer. I try to collect obscure video games, I love comics and somewhere on Amazon I have a self published book. I am married to a beautiful and grounded woman. But most importantly, I have been seized by a great affection in the Lord.
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