Recently, Meagan Good, who is outspoken about her faith in Jesus Christ and celibate lifestyle, has come under fire for some of her racier movie roles and fashion. But the engaged Think Like a Man actress whose movie is #1 in America for the second consecutive week, explains the need for movie scripts and roles that connect with the unsaved. "You can’t just make projects for the Christian community, because I think they already have the right idea," she told Rolling Out Magazine.
Good believes those who don't yet know Christ are the ones who need the focus of Hollywood. "We also have to create projects for those people who need something positive and relatable without being very preachy," she explans, highlighting what she believes to be the best strategy. "The key is to pull them in, and then add a hint of spirituality and God to the overall message without scaring them away."
Bishop T.D. Jakes shares a similar philosophy which he discussed in May 2011 whilst promoting the film, Jumping the Broom. He thinks beating viewers over the head with the Bible is a mistake. "People don't go out [to the movies] on Friday night to be preached to," said Jakes. "You have to show faith is an element that is planting a seed without necessarily trying to reap the harvest at the same time."
Many Christian filmmakers, movie producers and directors are turning their focus more toward the mainstream market in an effort to introduce inspirational, rather than overtly Christian themes. The consensus seems to be that introducing faith in small, incremental, baby steps is the best and most effective way to go.
Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 4:3, "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:" The message that Jesus Christ came to earth, died, and rose again for our sins is where the power lies. If we keep that veiled to remain non-threatening, how can the gospel be spread throughout the world?
While it is commendable that people of faith and influence have a heart for the lost, we must be careful not to disguise Christ's message that He gave His life for in exchange for "playing it safe" and pleasing the masses.
Mark 2:17, which is a part of Good's philosophy, is very fitting. "Jesus said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'"
However, we cannot forget Romans 10:7 that says "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." How can the "hearing" part happen if it is hidden, masked, and watered down so much that it doesn't resemble anything remotely close to what we read in the holy scriptures?
We can never be ashamed of or passive about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The world certainly isn't shy about sin and foolishness.
To read Meagan Good's full feature in Rolling Out Magazine, click here.