A little while back, I submitted a music review to a Christian website for publication. The editor was a bit uncertain about publishing the review because the film clip featured a scantily clad woman dancing. It was not bad enough to earn anything more than a PG rating, but he expressed his concern because he had previously received complaints for recommending secular movies and music. If the song or movie in question contains something questionable, should we as Christian reviewers recommend it? Should we only positively review works that we can 100% get behind? I’m hoping that this is the beginning of the discussion. Really keen to hear what other people have to say.
Do we only review stuff that we can whole heartedly recommend?
If I were to go down this line, I don’t think I can do any reviews of popular culture at all. There will always be elements that, as a Christian, I can’t agree with – whether it be sexual content/references, swear words, or drug references. More importantly, there will always be world views in play that are contrary to the Christian world view. Even a G rated Pixar movie will have messages and subtext that we can’t get behind as Christians.
Reviewing pop culture (from my point of view) has two purposes. Firstly, to look at our world’s pop culture and contrast it to the message of the Bible, showing where our world has distorted or missed the point of God’s intention. Secondly, to look at our world’s pop culture and see where it gets it right. What things do we see in our pop culture that we can affirm as good – what can we use as a launch pad for Christian engagement. For example, friendship is often held up in popular culture as being a good thing. The Bible also says its a good thing. Let’s see how we can, from that common ground, point to Christ.
There’s a lot more to think about and discuss here. What else should be considered?