Is there hope for television? Is there hope for movies or our world in general?
Every time my hope dims, because a new Law has passed or I read an unsettling news story or I watch something on television, the Lord graciously opens a door of Hope in my despair to let me know that he is in control regardless of how things might look. And after all the scandals and news stories that keep flowing out of Hollywood, I need the assurance.
A friend was trying to convince me to celebrate Christmas during December. So, she sent me a Youtube Movie Clip Titled, “This Movie Changed The Way I Feel About Christmas – The Shepherd Pilot Episode – The Chosen.“
Now, while the Shepherd Movie it’s self didn’t change my mind about celebrating Christmas in December, It changed my Mind about something even much greater. Revival for our World. Revival for Television.
For so long now, our Televisions have produced some very wicked shows and we have silently watched as, the quality of material keeps getting darker and more evil.
From sexual immorality, to violence, to blasphemy, to deceit, to murder and the list goes on and on. And it hasn’t only been with adult shows but this, Fever (allow me call it that) has swept even children shows and cartoons.
However watching the Shepherd Pilot and what the Director Dallas Jenkins and his Team have purposed to do, I’m encouraged and very hopeful that our Televisions are going to undergo a Spiritual Revival. Yes, there is hope for Television still.
One might be tempted to ask, why do I have hope? Well, allow me tell you a few things about The Shepherd Episode which is part of The Chosen project and then tell me if you don’t feel Hope bubbling inside you too:
2. The project is supported by Ravi Zacharias who is world renown Christian Apologetic, Philosopher, Theologian and Author who has written various books namely, “Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality.”
3. The Show also has the backing of Tim Winter who is the President of the Parents Television Council and had this to say about The Chosen Project, “In Hollywood, epic books become marquee motion pictures and memorable television series. So why hasn’t the most epic book in human history become a television series? With so much darkness coming from Hollywood’s creative community, this series absolutely must be made; and Dallas Jenkins has proven that he’s able to do it right.” I totally agree with him.
4. The chosen will have Biblical Accuracy and the Team is going to enlist Bible Scholars and Rabbi to make sure they get the scriptures right. An example of this is shown in a Clip where Rabbi Jason Sobel explains the Significance of Swaddling Clothes that Jesus was wrapped in when he was born.
With the few tidbits of information just released by the team, the show is promising to give a Spiritual revolution to television and how we experience it. I can’t wait for when they finally go live.
And I’m so grateful to the Director Dallas Jenkins and his team that includes Derral Eves, Matthew Faraci and others, for taking this bold move and saying we are going to change Television for Jesus Christ. Thank you so much!
Indeed Hope bubbles in my heart.
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
1 Peter 3:13-17