Entertainers have become a new pantheon of gods in the recent century. Actors, singers, bands, sports stars, directors, and other influencers have replaced the old pagan idols of wood, metal, and stone and have amassed innumerable worshippers around the globe. Notoriety and fame are the sought-after pinnacles of success. More often than not, personal pride swells along with their ascension.
This is the environment that many Christian filmmakers have been exposed to throughout their journey, but in Christianity, the new idolatry must be forsaken and pride is never a virtue. That brings us to the second core value for CWVFF, which is “Humility is Not an Option”. The following Scripture passage gives us the right path for a Christian filmmaker to walk.
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:4-8 (NKJV)
Following a Different Example
Jesus, the Son of God, humbled Himself in order to save us. If we intend to be true followers of Jesus, then we are called to humble ourselves. This is countercultural to the norms in the world of secular entertainment.
C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity addressed this topic. “Today I come to that part of Christian morals where they differ most sharply from all other morals. There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility.”
Lewis goes on to say, “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
In fact, God has said that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Hopefully, you grasp the necessity of humbling yourself before your Creator. We recognize that God is infinitely greater than we are, but when it comes to other people, we tend to consider ourselves as more important. The bigger challenge is that God wants us to also humble ourselves before each other. That really stings our pride.
Shifting the Paradigm
God wants you to consider other people as being more important than yourself. If every Christian took that to heart, no one would be vying for notoriety and everyone would be humbly serving one another. That’s the kind of environment that we hope to cultivate at our events.