I'm intrigued by some of the responses that we get on the BreakPoint Facebook page when the subject of arts and entertainment comes up. A typical one, not long ago, condemned all of Hollywood as "Satan's playground." And a post about the Oscars, this morning, brought the usual statements that Hollywood's output is nothing that any decent Christian should go near.
I wonder, would we talk this way about any other mission field? Because that's just what Hollywood is -- yet often, many of us Christians seem to treat it as a place that's completely beyond Christ's reach. But if Satan's playground doesn't need to be reclaimed for Christ, what does?
Eric Metaxas has some very powerful thoughts on the subject here, looking to William Wilberforce's example. A sample:
So Christians have become particularly hostile to cultural elites, whose unchallenged ideas were destroying the culture. And we have often behaved as though we somehow had God’s permission to hate these elites, because not only were they especially wicked, but also wealthy and powerful and famous. We have little difficulty bringing the love of the Gospel to exotic people groups, but elites are something else. Whom does Jesus love less? Which deserves hell more? Or is it that, like the Prodigal son’s elder brother, and like Jonah, it is God’s grace that we most fear? Have we seen the Pharisee, and is he us? If that’s true, then it turns out we are sinners, too, in need of God’s grace. Or did we think we could get to heaven simply by not watching HBO?