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Session 5 - Media, Arts and Entertainment

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Session 5 - Media, Arts and Entertainment

  1. 1. Media, Arts & Entertainment Session 5
  2. 2. Role of Media in Culture
  3. 3. “Whoever controls the media controls the culture.” Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?
  4. 4. “Art and media are the means and the bridge over which the current philosophy of the philosophers reaches the general culture.” Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?
  5. 5. Media How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news. - Isa 52:7
  6. 6. A Visit to the Headquarters of National Media New York City June 2008
  7. 7. “Os, you would be shocked. The entire media is controlled by less than 100 people.” - Executive News Producer, Top 3 Network
  8. 8. God’s Purpose and Calling on those in the Media • Prophetic voice of the nation • Proclaimers of truth (expose unrighteousness) • Accountability for leaders in culture • Unbiased information source
  9. 9. 2008 Election “We admit we were biased.”
  10. 10. Center For Media and Public Affairs, George Mason University, Virginia Survey 585 Network News Stories, Aug 23-Sept 30 Favorable to Obama 65% CBS 73% NBC 56% ABC 57% Fox 60% Favorable to McCain 36% CBS 31% NBC 16% ABC 42% Fox 60%
  11. 11. Michael Malone, 4th generation journalist for ABC News website “The traditional media is playing a very, very dangerous game. With its readers, with the Constitution, and with its own fate. The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the past few months I’ve found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and laptop computer.”
  12. 12. Principal Manifestations • Power – control’s people’s views • Addictive – intoxicating environment, personalities, people of influence • Seductive – encourages you to make choices w/out a moral consideration
  13. 13. National Media Journalist Profile Liberal worldview. Educated at an Ivy League school which largely promotes a liberal worldview. “Insiders only” profession. 90% will hold a Democratic political view with exception being the Fox Network
  14. 14. Media also has the power to do great good and cause tipping points for good
  15. 15. Harvard
  16. 16. Harvard, March 2012
  17. 17. God and Media Billy Graham and Wm Randolph Hearst 1950s Randolph Hearst promoted LA crusade after observing his charisma, celebrity, and ability to sell papers. He was an unknown until the media began promoting him.
  18. 18. Unredeemed Media Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa 5:29).
  19. 19. “We’ve been lied to so thoroughly and consistently that we no longer perceive the meaning of what we see nor understand what we hear,” says David Kupelian, author, The Marketing of Evil
  20. 20. Media is changing the way we think about key culture issues Issue • America’s Christian heritage • Christian absolutes • What is a family? • Evolution • Israel Satan’s Ploy • Separation of church and state. Revisionism. • Relativism. “You are too rigid, uncooperative” • Gay rights. Redefine marriage. • God had nothing to do with your creation. Darwin. • Troublemakers, Anti- semitism
  21. 21. Media is changing the way we think about key cultural issues Issue • Sex/Morality • Big business is evil • Freedom of speech • Abortion • Redefine marriage Satan’s Ploy • Anything should be acceptable to individual • Government should take care of us • Keep Christians quiet in public arenas. Double standard. • It’s my right to kill • Any two people
  22. 22. “Vanity Fair said, Oprah Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university president, politician or religious leader except the Pope.” “Christianity Today on Oprah: “To her audience of more than 22 million mostly female viewers, Oprah has become a post-modern priestess—an icon of church- free spirituality.”
  23. 23. Arts & Entertainment
  24. 24. “I wish I’d met you 25 years ago.” Feb 2011
  25. 25. 6 Major Studios Mostly operated by secular Jews
  26. 26. Corruption among the Studios “The reason you never see one story in print about profits made from a motion picture is because there isn't any. (Not to be confused with a film's highly publicized box office gross). The entire system is designed to seize creative control from the producer and steal every cent of profit. To the major Hollywood Distributor, it's a game. To the film maker, it's their life.” -- Industry Insider Source: Insider
  27. 27. Church Abandoned Hollywwood Dr. William Dyrness, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Seminary, tells of a producer at Twentieth- Century Fox in the 1930s. The producer wrote letters to several evangelical colleges, asking them to send their graduates to become screenwriters, to help make good, wholesome movies. The response was alarming. One college president wrote back saying he’d rather send their young people to hell itself than send them to Hollywood. Not in workbook
  28. 28. Battle for Hollywood, Ronald Reagan and Communism
  29. 29. “Of all the arts, the cinema is the most important for us, communists, to keep the people under control. (from Lenin's instruction to Dzerzhinsky, the founder of KGB) - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin “The prize will be the complete control of the greatest medium of communication in history.” -Herb Sorrell, Communist Party Activist, 1946
  30. 30. Communist Party in Hollywood • Active since 1935 • Believed if they could capture Hollywood labor unions, they could influence the type of pictures being produced. • Take leadership in intellectual groups - directors, writers, and performers. Reagan was primary tipping point to defeat communists
  31. 31. “People who believe they know the truth need to realize that cultural influence requires more than knowing the story; it requires telling the story thoughtfully and artistically. Never has there been a greater need for wise, gifted storytellers who understand the story we are in and can communicate a better way gracefully and truthfully.” Dick Staub, The Culturally Savvy Christian z
  32. 32. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1 Corinthians 1:26-28
  33. 33. Sherwood Pictures Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, GA Initial investment of $20,000 • Facing the Giants – 2006 $100k budget, grossed $10,000,000 • Fireproof - highest-grossing independent film of 2008 – $500k budget, grossed $33,000,000 • Courageous (2011) • $2 million budget, grossed $34,000,000
  34. 34. Quality vs the Message?
  35. 35. Under $5 mil budgets
  36. 36. The Change in Hollywood Filmmaking - 2008 • “Franchise movies” – Die Hard, Star Trek, Spiderman, Superman, Mission Impossible • Standalone projects, funding changes
  37. 37. 2008 Prophecy “God will raise up His sons and take them to the top almost overnight as he would put His ‘it factor’ on them and that will begin immediately with a few and then be exponential beginning in 2012.” Johnny Enlow Pregnancy: the child in your womb will effect an entire generation.
  38. 38. “I pray before I go on stage with my whole band and everybody.” Justin Bieber, February 2011 US magazine
  39. 39. Larry Poland, Master Media Karen Covell, Hollywood Prayer Network
  40. 40. What I have learned about Hollywood • “Starving artists” isn’t a perception, it is reality for many in Hollywood – Very small % make it big • Difficult to trust. Takes time to build. • Difficult spiritual culture to live in. Need relationships to survive spiritually - must be called • “A la carte” Christianity
  41. 41. The higher you go up a mountain the more demons assigned to you—spiritual warfare For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Cor 16:9 • Whitney Houston • Britney Spears • Katy Perry
  42. 42. Tracy, a change agent worship leader
  43. 43. Hey Pops Yes i did. How is South Africa? Thinking of u everyday. The testimonies keep pouring in. A radical, radical shift occurred and a new level of friendships and family is rapidly growing. For the first time in my life as a Christian I am experiencing the "as one" factor because people are realizing we will not make it on our own. Wow. I can't tell you how much you and Ron impacted this beautiful Hollywood of ours. The biggest testimony for me is how everyone experienced the Father’s love through you guys. In a city of so many orphans both your deep love and compassion really is ALL the difference because people are so used to being misused and abused and taken advantage of and you guys just love love love. I'm so privileged to have such amazing spiritual fathers. Thank you Pops for loving my friends so much. Sunu March 2012 Hollywood
  44. 44. Eric Liddell was the winner of the men's 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. However, Liddell's Olympic story gained international attention when he refused to run on Sunday for his faith convictions. His story was depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire.
  45. 45. Tim Tebow When the NFL would not let Tim Tebow write John 3:16 on his eye black, the Lord broadcast it in a way that no mere human could have pulled off. Not only did Tebow throw for 316 yards in their playoff win against Pittsburg (2011), but he averaged 31.6 yards a pass, and the rating for the last part of the game was even 31.6. Because of this, over the next few days more than 110 million people searched the Internet to find out what John 3:16 said. Think about that. No Christian would need to Google John 3:16 to see what it says, so these were not likely believers. This may have been the single greatest witness in history, and there will be a harvest from all of those seeds that were planted.
  46. 46. Christian stuntman Nik Wallenda crossed a large gorge in the Grand Canyon, June 2013 praising Jesus with every step he took.
  47. 47. Summary • Arts & Entertainment & media are the cultural mountains that most define values and beliefs in culture. • God is moving in Hollywood. He is raising up change agents in this industry. • Difficult spiritual climate. Few really make it. • Some have used their notoriety to bring glory to Jesus Christ • We must pray for those in all forms of media and entertainment. .
  48. 48. Presenting Christ on Entertainment Mountain Steve Harvey