Pop Culture and Abortion
by Robert Flores
It is common knowledge that if you want to start or stop a revolution you write a book that influences the masses. Look at: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, A Christmas Carol, Mein Kampf, A Communist Manifesto, Common Sense, The Origin of Species, etc. For evil or for good, revolutions have started due to a single book. However, in this day and age, I’d like to advocate motion pictures as a major influence in today’s culture, especially in the U.S.
I read somewhere that after Bambi came out in the 1940’s, deer hunting went down 40% (or some figure like that). Also, when Top Gun came out, air force enlistments went up some kind of percentage. Movies shape people’s opinions.
I have an idea for a movie. It would be interesting to see a movie about an abortion doctor coming to Christ. It would certainly help if the story was based on a true story (is there any former abortion doctors who have repented?) But throughout the movie the doctor would be performing abortions- this is where the medium of film comes in. The director would be able to show abortions in almost all their decadence. (I say “almost”, because if the truth were shown, people would be throwing up in the theatre). Motion pictures, it seems, is the medium of choice for getting any disgusting thing on film and in people’s faces. So why not abortion?
Now, before I continue, let me emphasize that this subject matter of abortion is absolutely disgusting to think that it could be done on film. I’m not advocating showing abortions in all their disgust. In a previous essay I wrote about showing reality in comics, and the same can be applied to movies. You get around showing evil by “closure”, or “showing parts of a whole”. There are many ways that a director could show abortions without actually showing them. Nonetheless, because of the seriousness of this issue in the world today and the fact that 50 million+ babies have been killed, I would say that bumping up the “showing parts of a whole” a couple notches would actually get the point across better that abortion is evil. At any rate, this film would have to be rated R. This movie shouldn’t be thought of as a Christian movie, but rather as a Christian outreach. Some may say that this project is a propaganda piece. Don’t kid yourself. Almost everything produced by Hollywood is a propaganda piece.
Most Americans have no idea what goes on in a Planned Parenthood. I’ve read some information on it and it is truly disgusting. To show abortions as part of the movie (and what actually turns the doctor to Christ) would be of tremendous value in shaping the public’s opinion of this “freedom” that women enjoy. How do you fight something so disgusting as abortion? With love. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. To show the reality of abortion, in this movie, would only be done in love: love for advocates of abortion, love for our fellow pro-lifers and love for the women who have had abortions (with the message that, yes, there is forgiveness found in Christ).
As I look at the issue of abortion today, politics is having little impact in shaping people’s opinions. Pop-culture shapes people’s thinking everyday. That’s how come the homosexual movement has so much force in politics today. It’s advocated by Hollywood. If Hollywood can shape the public’s opinion of evil homosexuality, then why can’t Christians use the same medium to shape people’s opinion against abortion? A verse comes to mind: “Be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.”
This abortion movie, most definitely, would not be for everyone to see. In fact, it would take a special kind of saint to even produce this kind of movie.
The Passion of the Christ was rated R and it had a tremendous impact on me. I believe the same kind of impact could be done with this movie. Isn’t it time that Christians started making movies that shapes people’s opinions against evil?
Christians don’t just serve God in politics, or in church; they serve Him in the pop-culture they create.
One final thing: this movie would have to have top-notch writing and directing, not necessarily “big name”, but something of high-caliber. Anything less than high quality could actually cause more harm than good. (Christians should start producing at higher technical quality rather than settling for mediocre work.)
I’m convinced that if everything was done right in this movie, and prayer was a major part of it, Planned Parenthood would go bankrupt almost overnight. Think about it.
Note: If you can use this movie idea, then take it; it’s yours. Just do something glorifying to God with it.
May 18, 2004
Thou shalt not kill. —Exodus 20:13
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. —Psalm 82:3-4
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? —Proverbs 24:11-12
Click here for an anti-abortion political cartoon.