Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

12 reasons 2012 was a very good year for faith-based and family films.

1. Captain America embraced the One True God and rejected false gods in The Avengers.

2. Bruce Wayne finally realized that family mattered in The Dark Knight Rises.

3. Peter Parker learned to be responsible in The Amazing Spider-Man.

4. Skyfall had the most-positive Christian content of any James Bond movie ever — and made the most money ever too!

5. Snow White prayed The Lord’s Prayer, as offered by Jesus to His followers, in a Christian chapel in Snow White and the Huntsman.

6. The Catholic Church stood against tyranny in For Greater Glory.

7. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed God’s justice in Lincoln.

8. Gandalf told the world that real heroes are humble, loyal and kind and can be everyday people in The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey. In the same film, a little showed mercy and resisted violence.

9. Ralph of Wreck-It Ralph found that loving another person more than yourself (not winning a medal) is what makes a person a hero.

10. God gave childless couple a miracle in The Odd Life of Timothy Green — so they would realize they could adopt.

11. 2012 was a year in family movies showed amazing strength and, in which, movies featuring gratuitous sex and foul language faltered.

12. Finally, 2012 was a year in which movies reflecting Christian and biblical principles and practices, as well as patriotism, continued to be far more financially successful than those that didn’t.

The evidence for those final two statements tomorrow.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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