Just finished watching this movie. The Soloist. of course, it’s one of those dramatic movies that makes you think about life. Of course I have things to say about it. I just have to. But really, I don’t want to write about the incredible friendship or the moving plot. I don’t want to discuss how I was moved to tears by the grace and compassion that was showcased. I want to write about what made me mad.
You see, this movie was so good. It had all of the elements of the perfect movie: great actors, terrific plot line, cultural relevance, themes of redemption… It’s even based on a true story. But ultimately I couldn’t fall in love with it. Why, you ask? Because, of course, there was one character that ruined everything. The pious Christian. Throughout this whole movie, goodness prevails. An unlikely bond is formed and our protagonist, Steve Lopez, does everything he can to help a man in need. Without giving away too much of the story, Steve hires a professional to privately tutor Nathaniel Ayers, a gifted musician who has, through a series of events, become homeless. This tutor, in false humility, offers insulting advice and is basically a self-righteous know-it-all.
This of course, is far from being the only character of its kind. I watch movies and tv shows all the time that characterize the Christian as the idiot, the hypocrite, or even the hateful enemy. I just don’t understand why it has to be this way. Now, in defense of the movie, there was a pretty significant jab at atheists too. But that’s pretty rare.
Why do people think that Christians are such terrible people? Because too often, they have seen Christians that truly are terrible. I believe our challenge should be to show so much Jesus that people forget the bad impressions they have.
Maybe if we do, people will stop polluting movies with unnecessary hidden agendas.
That is all.