Core Values of the CWVFF
Did you know that the Christian Worldview Film Festival has ten core values? We would love to share them with you—one at a time. For the next nine weeks you’ll receive a short email from us sharing some insights for each one. We believe they make a difference at our events and can be a benefit to your personal life also.
What are Values?
But first, how do you define values? Here’s a simple definition—what you value above other things in life. For example, as a filmmaker, do you value the approval of others, accolades from the critics, seeing your name in the credits, or the hope of fame and fortune? Or maybe you place greater value on the community, the creative process, or the personal challenge. You will set different goals and have different motivations based on what you value above something else.
It’s also important to understand intrinsic value. Intrinsic value is not determined by your own perception. For example, gold has more intrinsic value than tin foil, and bitcoin is more valuable that a chocolate coin, and a Tesla Roadster is more valuable than a Lime scooter. A child may prefer the tinfoil, chocolate coin, and Lime scooter over the others, but they have less intrinsic value.
Values that Matter
When considering values, another question to ask is, what has eternal value?
This is the most important subject for anyone who truly desires to have the right goals in life and the right motivations to reach those goals. These ten core values for CWVFF are based on the timeless truths of God’s word and have intrinsic and eternal value for your life.
Core Value 1: Jesus Christ is Preeminent
Preeminence of Christ and Self-Focus
Pre-eminent is a word that is rarely used today, but it’s found in the Bible and has deep meaning. It defines who or what is greatest, surpassing all others, or supreme.
“And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent.” Colossians 1:18 (ESV)
That is about Jesus, what about us?
Whether you think well of yourself, or poorly, these two have something in common — our tendency to focus on ourselves. Many of us likely grew up with the common belief in childhood that we were the center of the universe, or at least the center or our solar system, with everything revolving around us.
The Trap of Self-Importance
Many of the influences upon our young lives seemed to cultivate that belief, especially entertainment. But at some point in your life as you matured, you probably began to question whether or not the idea of being the center of the universe might be a bit of an overreach. You may not realize it, but this mindset is part of a systematic worldview that puts self as the preeminent being in the world. It manifests in this self-absorbed, self-indulged, narcissistic culture we live in. For many of you navigating this culture of filmmaking, this issue of importance, and notoriety can be a stumbling block.
What happens when you walk into a room and you encounter a person or multiple persons who are seemingly more important that you? They make more money, or have better connections, or have accomplished more, are admired more, or have more followers. Do you begin to question the meaning and purpose of existence? It can be very deflating when you come to realize that you are not the most important person in the room much less the center of the universe. No matter how important anyone thinks they are, there is someone ultimately more important.
Freedom in Surrender
Here’s the truth, Jesus, the Messiah, sits on a throne at the right hand of God and is preeminent in the universe. Only one person can fill that position. If you embrace this reality, then the truth will set you free from the heavy burden of thinking about yourself too much. When you believe that Jesus is pre-eminent, you are one step closer to knowing the real purpose and meaning of life.
As a Christian organization, we believe that acknowledging the preeminence of Christ at our event makes all the difference. Imagine what gathering together can be like if we all recognize that the most important person in the room will always be Jesus.