“Through the storm, you are Lord, Lord of all.” Hillsong Worship
The contemporary, dramatic contrast: a Christian movie filled with light and the love of God moving audiences to tears in 600 theaters across the country vs. the headlines about epic depravity and darkness emanating from Hollywood.
The movie reviews are similarly aligned, separated by light and darkness, just like the culture. Let There Be Light encourages people to move toward the light, in an ever darkening world. But for those who love the darkness, such a movie becomes a target, the shooters preferring the mundane.
David Limbaugh at Townhall.com praises the movie, writing: “I was taken by how movingly the characters reflect heartfelt agony and how such despair reverberates throughout the lives of the entire family and inner circle of the aggrieved.” He points out the script directly addresses the most tragic aspects of life, managing to avoid the legitimate criticism of Christian films, that they tend to be formulaic, predictable, antiseptic, “preachy and hokey.” This movie is about life, death, divine grace and eternity, the big things worthy of artistic inquiry.
Kevin Sorbo (star and director) and his wife, Sam Sorbo (star and screenwriter with Dan Gordon), portray a couple in crisis, two people crushed by tragedy, struggling to get their footing in a world offering cynical condemnations. The Sorbos’ acting is stellar, moving you across the entire emotional spectrum, provoking thought and questions spiced with humor. Their real-life sons do a great job in this picture, especially in the scene with their mother talking about death and heaven.
It is a powerful story, exceedingly well told, one enjoying deserved success. Directing your immediate family members in a film written by your wife must have presented unique challenges! Only a strong family rooted in faith could have succeeded.
The naysayers at Variety and the New Yorker miss the point by about 3,000 miles. While many Christian movies tend to be “hokey”, many top-tier reviewers tend to be bigots. The truth is many of them don’t dislike the movie so much as they hate Christianity. Some of them hate God. What they do not understand is they cannot understand because they apply worldly criticism to sacred things, rejecting the very One who stands ready to help them open their hearts and minds, the path to true understanding.
In this they rob themselves of joy, perhaps failing to realize The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia movies are all Christian films.
Further, these reviewers discourage goodness and deny hope a grave disservice. Christian movies are on a love mission, wholly motivated to encourage the highest good for all rather than the lowest point of cynicism. And with revival on the horizon, movies like this coordinate with divine purpose.
This then is the central message of Let There Be Light, that despite all the pain, loss and tragedy in life, there is joy. Let There Be Light does not present a tragedy or two, then have people pray, and quote Scripture, instantly delivering total healing, happiness and health. No. People die. Other people stay in their sin. Lives are broken. But a few see the light and act, they believe and receive, helped to overcome their brokenness, bringing the Hope of Christ to the center of a lost and dying world. It is our story, about fallen, hurting people, souls searching for the Creator even as He invites them in love.
You will be richly entertained, and more. Audiences are tired of shallow, depraved entertainment. They want to be moved and inspired and encouraged, especially in these dark times. The message of love and forgiveness, joy and heaven reaches every tribe and tongue.
Bless the Sorbos and everyone involved, including executive producer Sean Hannity and the angelic Dionne Warwick, for delivering wonderful messages in such compelling ways. Let There Be Light joins movies like Woodlawn and The Hiding Place”, “Courageous,” “The Gospel of John” and “The Passion of the Christ” as among the best.
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