Christianity is an industry, as well as a religion. I'd like to say it began a while ago, when people first started to sing in churches; the music that was played was considered Christian, and fit enough to grace the ears of the Almighty one. Or, perhaps it started in art (but then again, many will be quick to note that the reason for this was that those with the money to fund artistic endeavors were also those preaching and serving in the pews). Or maybe the Christian industry is really a relatively recent thing, something that was brought about by the rise of television and radio. Christians now have their own brand of everything, really, and no doubt this helps Christians to stay in their own bubbles and never come out.
When you go to watch the television, there are channels such as the Trinity Broadcast Network that plays exclusively Christian programming all day, every day. Their is even a version of this channel aimed at the more youthful Christians, JC-TV, that is pretty much a Christian MTV. Speaking of music, there are Christian music record labels aimed at providing Christian only content, and rightfully so. With the hash of Christian fundamentalists claiming that the world belongs to the devil, no wonder Christians want to reside within their on circles. The world is a scary place, and these good Christian labels are here to help discriminate between what belongs to Satan, and what praises God.
Hell, there are even Christian movies too (ones you don't really hear about), and don't get me started on the horde of Christian books as well.
But I do agree that these Christian directors, producers, publishers. are allowed to create films, music, and books for whatever public they want; it is their right to do so, and I do not want to take that away from them. I really don't mind much, actually. I'm sure if I were a Christian trying to abstain from the evil of the world, I'd be particularly set on only watching, reading, listening to Christian media.
Mr. Turner, the author of the book, discusses how Christianity seems to be a few years behind its contemporary secular partner in the entertainment industry. He also makes the point of saying that Christian products are not usually creative, harping on other avenues for inspiration. The end result is usually corny.
According to Mr. Turner, here are five ways of making yourself a better Christian entertainer:
1. Remember your audience
2. Remember your budget
3. Remember your story
4. Remember your reason
5. Remember your creator
Here is Mr. Turner's five five must-dos when watching a Christian movie:
1. To make the time go by quicker, watch it with a Christian friend.
2. Even though you know you could make a better script, refrain from stating the obvious.
3. Have a strong drink ready, and by strong drink the author means coffee.
4. Look past the shitty action scenes.
5. Make the last few minutes optional.
I appreciate the fact that this Christian author decided to poke fun (albeit while being truthful) about the Christian movie industry. How many of you have read "Left Behind"? We all know Kirk Cameron as the washed out teen actor from Growing Pains, who now assists Ray Comfort in promoting his Way of the Master television program, and the crocoduck myth; however, Kirk Cameron was one of the stars of the movie rendition of the Left Behind series, which you can view a trailer of by clicking here. He also starred in the movie "Fireproof", which has a cheesy website by the name "Fireproof my marriage" that has all sorts of articles that you can use to protect your nice Christian marriage... but that's besides the point. These two movies by Kirk Cameron are obviously tailored for Christian audiences, and even within that circle only cater to the fundamentalists (or those who like watching crap films). Sure, these movies may not have completely flopped, but that's only because there is a great many people who do not want to leave the bubble.