Wednesday, November 17, 2010

God , Art and Truth Part 3

God Desires Art That Reflects His Truth. How does God inspire filmmakers to reflect his glory and truth, especially nonbelievers? How does this process play out?

(4) God can speak to us in dreams and visions. What about speaking to nonbelievers? Can this be a form of inspiration for filmmakers and media makers? What does the Bible have to say?

Joel 33:14-17 says, “God does speak--sometimes one way and sometimes another--even though people do not understand it. He speaks in a dream, in a vision of the night when people are in a deep sleep, lying on their beds. He speaks in their ears and frightens them with warnings to turn away from dong wrong and to keep them from being proud. He does this to save people from death, to keep them from dying”. NCV

In Daniel Chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream and asked all his fortune-tellers, magicians, wizards and wise men to not only interpret the dream but to tell him what he dreamed. They could not. Daniel asked his friends to pray that the God of heaven would have mercy and show Daniel the dream and the understanding of the dream. God gave Daniel a vision during the night that showed the dream and its interpretation.

Could some of today’s modern filmmakers be experiencing dreams just like Nebuchadnezzar but are also unaware of the source or the meaning of the dream? However, they are telling their stories in movies. Because the message is from God, people are responding because it is touching them at the deepest emotional level.

What they require, just like Nebuchadnezzar, is an interpreter. The heart of God for Hollywood is for Christians to get involved in the discussion that people are engaged in. Viewers are asking, “What is the meaning of this movie and how does it impact my life.” That discussion can take place internally as well as externally.

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