Not needing any convincing or assurance that heaven is, indeed, for real, we went to see the movie this past weekend. I’m not writing today to weigh in on whether or not things really happened the way Todd Burpo says they did – partly because List Wednesday isn’t about that, but also because I don’t think it really matters all that much. If we agree that heaven is for real and God’s Son, Jesus, is the only way you can get there, then about the rest, we can agree with Phil. 1:18: What does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice. To that end, I can hope the movie causes people to read their Bibles and know and believe what it says over the teachings of any human being. I also hope God uses it to lead people to follow Jesus, who is in heaven preparing a place for us now that is certainly more wonderful than any book, movie, or imagination can ever portray (1 Cor. 2:9).
Anyway, no matter what you think of the content, there’s little doubt the film-quality of faith-based movies has improved significantly in recent years. I mean, apart from A Thief in the Night (circa 1980 youth group lock-in where we all got saved or rededicated our lives to Jesus on the spot), these recent movies are impacting the masses in ways we haven’t seen before. Son of God, God’s Not Dead, and Heaven Is for Real just came out, and they already hold spots 5, 6, and 7 in the top grossing Christian movies since 1980 (behind only The Passion of the Christ and the Chronicles of Narnia movies).
It’s awesome if you think about it. We’ve come a long way. To celebrate, here’s this week’s list.
Christian movies that didn’t make the cut:
Contagious. The back story of the man healed from leprosy.
Waterproof. After trying to walk on water, Peter arrives home with a ruined pair of sandals. His wife is furious, to say the least.
Purgatory Isn’t for Real. While on the operating table, a man dies and goes to Purgatory and finds it completely empty.
Crowd Surfer. A youth minister trying too hard to be cool at a Family Force 5 concert.
Facing the Nuisance. A reality show that pits antagonistic church members against one another in a business meeting where trivial matters are discussed.
Left Behind. A closer look at the 3 days Jesus’ parents left him at church on accident.
To Save a Loaf. Everyone knows about the boy who gave Jesus his fish and bread to miraculously feed thousands, but what about the other kid who refused to give his up?
I’m sure I left some out. Feel free to contribute to the list in a comment.