Dr. Ted Baehr is Founder and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission. It is encouraging to know God has his man in Hollywood to influence what comes out of there.
Ted’s life’s purpose is to be used of God to redeem the values of the media while educating audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment.
“He who controls the media controls the culture” – Ted Baehr.
“If God created us, we have incredible value,” he says. “And if Jesus gave His life for us—God of gods, light of lights, King of kings—gave His life for us, we have double the incredible value. And that means, we have the fulfillment of Christ – the presence of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives so we can do His will—not because we are forced to, but because we love to.”
Ted says. that’s an entirely different universe than the secular world is in. They can’t comprehend thinking and living that way. But as Christians continue to make wholesome, God-honouring films and as Hollywood continues to increasingly honour biblical values in its movies, we may just see a huge turnaround in this nation.
Baehr says Hollywood is beginning to realize they can make good money by creating wholesome movies. This is something Baehr has been trying to communicate to Hollywood influencers for years.
“What we say to them is: ‘Every week there are about 125 million people who go to church, and there are only 25 million people who go to movies,’
So instead of bashing Christians or church in movies, producers are beginning to put more positive references to God, Christianity and church in their films. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean they’re taking all the bad things out, but it does show they’re beginning to realize the value of biblical, family-friendly values.
And not only that, but God is raising up more Christians to produce faith-based films that are only getting better and better. Baehr says he has had the Erwin brothers and the Kendrick brothers at his Movieguide® awards—proof that just because a film is Christian doesn’t mean it’s boring or of poor quality.
“We see that the independent world, which used to be monopolised by that sort of edgy, politically aggressive, deviant-type movie, is now being invaded by good Christian beliefs—and they’re the ones that are doing better at the box office,” Baehr says. “… We can affect Hollywood movies, because it’s a direct vote at the box office.”
Dr. Baehr offers books to train you and your family in media wisdom, a devotional for living the abundant life, and how to succeed in Hollywood. Go to movieguide.org