Be For Something, Not Against Everything

| June 2, 2017

I am loving all the Biblical movies coming out these days. These movies have the power to reintroduce a generation to the bestselling book of all time and create tons of great conservations about this amazing book.

What is concerning me is how the Christian community seems so quick to find something to be against in these movies and in so many other things.

Did you know experts estimate that over 5 billion Bibles have been printed and distributed? The runner-up on the all-time bestseller list is “Quotations from the Works of Mao Zedong” at 800 million copies, but it was mandatory every Chinese citizen carry one back in the 70’s. The next on the all-time list is “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens at 200 million copies.

From a digital perspective, did you know the YouVersion Bible app has been installed on 273,000,000 devices? Clearly the Bible deserves attention from popular culture.

Yes, all of these movies have Biblical inaccuracies that need to be pointed out, but think of all the great conversations that these stories coming into the mainstream media bring out. Rather than trying to shut down or boycott these efforts because of their inaccuracies, let’s encourage getting more of the Bible into mainstream media. The conversations started will be well worth the effort required to work through the inaccuracies.

Wouldn’t the Christian movement be bettered if we were “for” more and “against” less?

Great leaders follow this theory in raising up people in their organizations. Read “Whale Done” by Ken Blanchard. You’ll see the positive effects of praise and not focusing on the negative.

As Christians, we do need to use the power of our pocketbooks to move commerce and media. We can move things by speaking up, but let’s keep it positive. We want more freedom of speech for everyone, not just our opinion.

What do you think?

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Curt Fowler is an organizational growth expert and President of Fowler & Company, a business advisory firm dedicated to helping leaders create and achieve a compelling vision for their organization. He has an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School, is a CPA, and a pretty good guy as defined by his wife and four children.

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