Guest post by Don Alsup, Technical Media Engineer

When I was a college student, I studied film history. One of the most interesting facts I learned in class occurred during the implementation of the Hays Code in 1934. The unregulated film industry in the United States became more and more risqué during the late 1920s and early 1930s. This along with regular Hollywood scandals caused a public outcry. Just before the government stepped in, the motion picture industry decided to regulate itself. Will H. Hays was put in charge. He was the first chairman of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA).

Will H. Hays

The Hays Code began with the following general principle: “No picture shall be produced which will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience shall never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil, or sin.” 

One of the first things that the new committee did was to write letters to the top seminaries in the United States asking them to send some of their best writers to Hollywood to help create wholesome scripts. Unfortunately the seminaries declined on behalf of their students because they did not want their best young pupils to be adversely influenced by “show business.” You can understand why that decision was made, but think about how things might have changed with young pastors in training injecting biblical truths into popular films. That opportunity was lost, but we have another chance right now (as evidenced by the profitability and popularity of Christian films in theaters) to be salt and light in this dark world and to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our culture.

Media and technology have never been more influential than they are today. Unfortunately the vast majority of those working in and controlling the industry have, at best, an antagonistic relationship with Christianity and biblical principles. That is not likely to change until more Christians decide to make a difference in our society through a vocation in media arts. It has never been easier or less expensive to get started, and I can tell you where you can find free training and serve an important cause at the same time.

The Christ Church Media Team needs volunteers now to help with the live worship services (Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.). Duties range from lights, sound, camera operators, live stream operators and slide/video presentation. No experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know and then supervise while you get started. This is great training program for anyone considering a career that impacts the world through media or for those who like technology and want to serve. Please prayerfully consider joining us in this worthy cause.

Interested in being part of the Media Team? Email Don Alsup or text TECH to 901.871.0525.

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