FoxFaith is a new movie distribution company that was recently launched by Fox for those whose who want movies that reflect their worldview: “Whatever is trite, whatever paints a false picture of life, whatever ignores evil, etc., think only on these things”. They offer “movies you can believe in”, like Strawberry Shortcake: Adventures On Ice Cream and Garfield: The Movie.
I plan on writing more about it later, but for now I’ll point you to Jeffrey Overstreet’s blog post here.
He starts his post by saying this:
Why my faith is not “FoxFaith,” and great art is not necessarily “Christian art”
When I saw a promotional video for the arrival of FoxFaith, a special library of movies that “Christians and families can enjoy,” I had a flashback.
As I perused the titles of films being included in that label, I felt the walls closing in, trapping me in a familiar world of art that consisted of:
A) Nice, gentle, comfortable entertainment
B) American nostalgia
C) Bible stories.
About ten years ago, I decided that I couldn’t take living in such a small world anymore.
and further on is this paragraph:
I could no longer buy the idea that, when it comes to art, Christians should only pay attention to:
whatever is clean;
whatever is free of anything that could possibly offend;
whatever is cute;
whatever portrays America as blameless;
whatever assures us that the good guys always win;
whatever is safe for six-year-olds and simplistic enough for them to understand;
and whatever openly proclaims the name of Jesus.
For me, these qualifications confined me to a sort of wish-fulfillment art. It limited me to a particular corner of Christian culture in which we dreamed about what we wanted the world to look like… a sort of Thomas Kincaid vision of the world… not art that challenged me to grapple with the dark, complicated world I live in, where answers don’t come easy. It was art designed to make me comfortable, not art designed to challenge my mind and test me.