Sunday, May 17, 2009

outside the box

I always always start groaning whenever a Christian starts talking about doing art or music or sermons or church or witnessing out of the box. Quite frankly, it's very hard to do anything out of the box when you don't know how wide the box is or what the parameters or shape of the box is. It's like when I look at Christian rock stars with strange bristly hair. They like to think they "rock" but inevitably there is something -- hard to pin-point which makes everyone but everyone who looks at them -- Christian or not-- know immediately that they are Christians-trying-to-be-out of the box. And it's not that they "carry the spirit of Christ" with them into the world. Or vice versa. It's that they carry the spirit of the box around with them.

The box is made of so many parameters and perhaps because we Christians don't really understand the nature of the box and we don't know how to examine the box we are totally ridiculous when we try to get out of this box.

Culturally, the box is American. There are racial stuff, class stuff, political stuff that are all part of North American issues. Christian filmmakers, no matter how hard they try, will always make a film that seems like all other films done by Christian filmmakers.

Okay, every once in a while a Christian filmmaker makes a unique and wonderful Christian film. But that occurs when the Christian has worked in the secular world and has managed in some way to study the box from afar. Movies such as The Apostle, for instance, are unique simply because they're so box-aware.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Carole!

I talk about this all the time with people. We have to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. For instance, the books I read. I can tell a conservative Christian book from that which has Christian subtleties and still God centered and excellent(Like Windfollower:)

Christian books tend to "gloss over" some things and everyone is happy and there's a happy ending, but how is that going to draw the world into our world?

I love R&B with gospel flavor in it, I also love rock, and Gospel. I R&B Gospel because its appealing to me while not spewing craziness. I've noticed some rock stars and even a hip hop video that was so out of the Word and World I didn't know who they served- it was something to behold.

But, yeah, there are those who try too hard and their true colors come out! Lol


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