In the last couple of decades, we’ve witnessed a very dramatic flip in morality. I’d go as far as to say that standards of morality have literally been turned upside down. What was previously thought to be a grave offense is now embraced and taught to our children. What was once considered morality is now bigotry.
A perfect example of this is displayed in the controversy over a new faith-based film, “My Son” that received an R-rating. The director of the flick, Jarod O’Flaherty says that he suspects the film was given this rating simply because of its Christian message.
O’Flaherty told Fox News, “First of all there’s no [bad] language in the film at all…but when you compare the content that is this film to even the mildest PG-13 action movies that are out there, the content of our film comes in as much less graphic… So it raises some questions about what was it in this film that got us the R-rating?”
Sex. Drug references. Nudity. Cussing. Violence. Those are the types of things that will get a movie stamped with an R-rating. But, these are not features shown in the movie. The one argument that could be made would be that there is mild violence. I’ve not seen the movie, but apparently, there is a scene where a shooter comes in and shoots inside of a church. The director claims that the way the low-budget movie was filmed portrays this tastefully and in a way that isn’t even close to as graphic as you’d see in any comparable movie with a shooting scene.
“[I think] it’s a reflection of how Hollywood views Jesus in general.” O’Flaherty said. “If you, in an action flick are shootin’ up a bunch of zombies and you utter His name as a profanity, then hey – that’s a PG-13 rating, but if you’re in a real world tragedy and you’re talking about His love and forgiveness, well then that deserves an R-rating. I mean, the evidence speaks for itself.”
For me to ask you to comment below with your opinion about whether or not Hollywood attacks Christianity, would be ignorant, on my part. OBVIOUSLY, Hollywood is not a fan of Christianity. Watch any TV show – any movie. Almost everything in the mainstream media blasts Christianity and portrays us as bigots – haters who spew judgement on everyone and wave exclusivity in the faces of all unbelievers.
I have no doubt that whoever rated this movie may have done what the director is accusing him/her of – rating it “R” because in today’s culture, proclaiming a Biblical message is more offensive than the F-word or a nude scene.
Jesus’ message is offensive to non-believers. I get that. He proclaimed to be the only way to the Father and if you don’t believe that’s true or that He’s real – you’re going to be offended. Jesus was a radical and Christians are to live in a way that the world doesn’t understand. But, it’s just a sad thing that our nation was founded by people who honored Christ and Christianity. His name was carved into our earliest monuments and our laws were based on Biblical principles. Now, His very name warrants an R-rating.
When did you notice the shift America’s definition of morality?