More Creativity, Less Condemnation

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, December 20, 2002

More Creativity, Less Condemnation

The much-anticipated – and now already successful-- release of the second in the three-part series, "Lord of the Rings," reminds me how far behind Christians are in creating good things and using the media to communicate them.

"Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien was a Christian and friend of C.S. Lewis. Like Lewis, Tolkien used fantasy to communicate truths of good and evil, of God and Satan and redemption.

New Line Cinema made this film. Did you know that one of the members of the script selection committee is a Christian? I have met him. He’s in his 20’s.

We have wasted so much time, effort and money opposing what Hollywood has done and far too little creating wonderful things to overcome the bad.

Imagine if we had re-directed most of our energy into creating, rather than criticizing! Light dispels darkness and good can overwhelm evil.

Think about this as you go watch "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." And then pray for more people to create good art instead of criticizing the bad.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

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