Unintentionally more Christian than Christian?

I’ve once heard it said that Christian movies are like porno: The budget is low, the acting is bad, and you know how it’s going to end. So I was pleasantly surprised when I watched a horror movie last night that I felt made a better Christian movie than most Christian movies. There was no mention of Jesus and no prayer which is why I say unintentionally Christian.

So then how is it a Christian film? First let me give you the basic plot. Five people who have committed horrible sins are trapped in an elevator. One of those people is the Devil and he is tormenting them before he kills them and they spend their eternal fate in Hell. I don’t want give away any spoilers but it had one element that most Christian movies completely lack. The movie ended with confession and the forgiveness of sins. When is the last time you saw a Christian movie end like that? I don’t know about you, but in my experience, the moral of most Christian movies is that if you pray and have faith in Jesus, you’ll get a new truck, your team will win the big game, your infertile wife will become pregnant, etc. Basically, everything that’s going wrong in your life will end up happy and good. That’s a problem with Christian movies. They are usually all law. You do this and God will bless you in this life. But that’s not gospel. That’s why I feel this movie was unintentionally a better Christian movie than most Christian movies. Because even though there is no mention of Jesus Christ, the gospel is actually implied. There is repentance, there is confession, and there is forgiveness of sins. The movie didn’t accidentally beat me over the head with law like most Christian movies, but it did succeed where most of them fail, even if unintentionally.

If you’d like to watch this movie, it’s called Devil. Please keep in mind that it is rated R and its primary goal is to frighten you. Though somewhat tame for a horror movie, it does have its share of blood and violence as well as some strong language in places.

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3 thoughts on “Unintentionally more Christian than Christian?

  1. Pastor Nielsen says:

    I’m going to watch this. Thanks.

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  2. Greg Eilers says:

    Spot on, Brad. I saw this on Netflix, some time ago, and found myself thinking very similar things – though, I have never before heard Christian films compared to porno (which, it seems, most do!).

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  3. theoldadam says:

    “Though somewhat tame for a horror movie, it does have its share of blood and violence as well as some strong language in places.”

    Sounds like life itself…

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