As I get ready for the premiere of Filmodus Operandi (imagine an excited squeal), I thought I would cue in The Pickwick Portfolio readers to an opportunity. From the start of making this film, it has been our prayer that our fellow Christian filmmakers around the world would be awakened to a "new" way of making films.
The theme of this project was born with an observation: so many Christian films today focus on good morals, but fail to point to Christ, the only true example and source of good morality. Too often Christians are simply portrayed as people of good character, rather than those who have been radically transformed by the Holy Spirit. As a result, the message of the film is dangerously close to one of self-righteousness, as the viewer can seek to bear fruit without knowing of the Vine, the only source of good fruit (John 15:4-5).
Our aim with this project is to suggest a higher goal; let’s use this powerful method of communication to preach the Gospel. Instead of heartwarming stories about kindness or forgiveness, let’s teach the world that it’s God’s kindness that leads us to repentance, and that the only source of true forgiveness is Jesus Christ. Our audiences, Christian or not, do not ultimately need to hear of good character qualities; they need to hear the Gospel, for “…it is the power of God for salvation…in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith…” (Romans 1:16-17).
As filmmakers, we are storytellers. As Christians, we have a precious story to share. Let’s make the connection.
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Producer, Filmodus Operandi