That was my first thought when I heard someone at the Oscar's last night say that the medium of film was not a mirror to reflect culture, but a hammer to shape it. Hollywood was finally going public with their strategy to make America and the world after it's own relativistic image.
On the one hand, Hollywood has always been in the business of shaping culture whether they admitted or not. Art forms are never passive, they always pursue transformation of the observer. Some might say that the admission of taking up the hammer to shape culture is a good thing - it will give Christians an opportunity for a dialogue of antithesis. We no longer have to pretend it is all about neutral "entertainment." Maybe this analysis is correct, but I have some misgivings. I am concerned that Hollywood in general feels comfortable flaunting it's explictly wicked agenda (gay marriage, for example) because it fears no reprisal. They are convinced that the momentum of battle is in their favor, and so they are finally taking their mask of benign-neutrality off. They have thrown down the gauntlet - daring anyone to take it up.
I'm not normally given to Chicken Little thinking, but I thought this statement was profoundly frightening. Art in general and film in particular are very powerful weapons in the war for culture - and Christians wield them very poorly these days. Don't get me wrong, I know there are great Christian artists out there. What I am saying is that as a "culture" - as a "heavenly city," the church of Jesus Christ is not in the game enough right now. We just aren't. Yes, we have Veggie Tales, The Passion, and The Chronicles of Narnia, but... Where is Dostoevsky of this generation? Rembrandt? Michelangelo?
If Christians don't fight for the hammer, we're going to have a broken mirror on our hands - and you know what they say about broken mirrors!