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ANOTHER FAITH-BASED MOVIE: SOUL SURFER

I am hearing tremendous buzz about this Soul Surfer movie.  It’s a based on a true story about the 13 year old surfing champ that loses her arm in a shark attack.  Apparently both arms are important in surfing and she is discouraged.  But Bethany Hamilton then decided to come back and apparently did so.

The great thing about Bethany Hamilton is that she’s a follower of Christ!  The family insisted the major motion picture producer not excise the faith-based parts of it.  Good for their stand.  Here’s some comments:

From an OK newspaper:

Plus, the unabashedly Christian film has a solid cast, including Checotah native and music superstar Carrie Underwood in her successful movie debut. When they quote Scriptures or ask big crisis-of-faith questions, the actors are salty and skilled enough to sound like real people wondering about and coping with the hardships of life.

The LA Times, hardly conservative, agrees:

But the filmmakers behind “Soul Surfer,” which opens in wide release Friday, are hoping that the inspiring life story of Hamilton — the professional surfer and devout Christian who, in 2003, at the age of 13, lost her right arm in a tiger shark attack but returned to the sport only months later — will attract a broad cross section of audiences drawn to her tale of perseverance and courage.

“It was always my focus to do a mainstream movie … but I was never going to shy away from the fact that she’s a Christian,” said director-producer Sean McNamara, a surfing enthusiast with an extensive television résumé. “We aren’t hiding anything.”

Of course a San Francisco paper chimes in in expected ways:

Immediately noticeable in “Soul Surfer” is the barrage of clumsy pro-Christian messages – which we’ll give a pass, because the real Hamilton has always been outspoken about her faith. *  *  *  All look like Oscar nominees next to Carrie Underwood as a Christian missionary leader. Every line by the “American Idol” winner is delivered as if she’d picked up a last-minute dinner-theater gig and is reading from cue cards behind the director’s shoulder.

The Christian faith is so threatening to San Francisco that the city council actually asked an evangelist not to come to town.

Meanwhile, San Francisco leaders condemned the event for the “act of provocation” by an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organisation that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.”

Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, told counterprotesters that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, “they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re disgusting and they should get out of San Francisco.”

The rally drew 25,000!  (That’s the best news from the City by the Bay in some time!)

The moral of the story is:  Go see Soul Surfer and cheer hard for believers in the movies!  Use your entertainment money to advance the Kingdom.  (For those who what to know more about knowing Jesus, here‘s the site!)

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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