Paramount recently picked up an as of yet untitled movie which Miley Cyrus is producing / starring in a God based comedy. They aren’t releasing too many details , but the plot is going to be based upon a broken promise to God. I caught myself thinking what the “Christian reaction” is going to be? A lot of times, there is a knee-jerk reflex of God centered movies such as:
“How is Hollywood going to screw this one up?”
“Can a God based comedy really be funny?”
“How can Miley Cyrus pretend to produce a God based anything when she has that video of her as a caged bird and in her underwear – and the whole bong incident last December?”
“Why Paramount? Can’t Christians make Christian movies, why does it have to be Hollywood?”
A lot of times, we as Christians are the first to list complaints when Hollywood attempts to produce movies and television shows which aim at the fledgling “God following” demographic. The relationship between mainstream Hollywood and the church as a whole does not have the greatest of history, and the tendency is to think the worst and assume that they “won’t get it right”. What is often missing is an understanding that changing anything, especially within the culture, is one step at a time and we should be thankful that Paramount is willing to take a chance at a show like this. Then we can pray that the people creating it will honor God and His principals in the process The verse which comes to mind is Proverbs 14:4 (KJV) “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox”. Even God things can be “messy” to us when it doesn’t fit our own beliefs. There may be things about this movie which may not sit right with me, but I will go see it out of support. I applaud Paramount ’s decision to make the attempt.
Please, let’s pray that Miley Cyrus, her mother (who is also involved in the project) and the other creators will present a film that is uplifting, encouraging, and honoring God and his character. Also pray for unity and patience within Hollywood and the church to make more attempts to create more movies of truth and beauty and that supporters will go see them
By Chuck Hayes, Actor/Writer