The Passion of the Christ caused its own tipping point in Hollywood by breaking down a barrier that has existed a long time in Hollywood. That barrier involves Christian-themed movies produced by major studios. Mel Gibson had to fund and distribute the project himself. It was such a huge success that it caused a proliferation of Christian-themed movies to be released over the next several years. Movies such as Lord of Rings, Matrix Reloaded, Xman 2, Bruce Almighty, Narnia, Amazing Grace and The Silver Chair are just a few of the Christian-themed movies that have been box office hits.
Christianity has become a sub-culture that is more known by what we don't like than what we believe. In the eyes of the secular world we have become a right wing political action group instead of a loving, caring Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our message has been shut out because of the way of the messenger. We still have the right message, but we have failed to deliver it in a manner consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus modeled love and mercy and sought to change the hearts of people before He expected to see change in their behavior. Few people are attracted to Christ through a boycott.
Culture can have tipping points as a result of what is portrayed in movies. In 1934, in the movie "It Happened One Night," popular star Clark Gable performed without an undershirt to better display his physique and, thereafter, undershirt sales dropped dramatically. In 1942, when "Bambi" premiered, deer hunting in America dropped from a $5.7 million business to barely $1 million. How has arts and entertainment changed in the last twenty years and what is its impact on society?
A well-known artist recently stated that "the future of art is perversion." That is the devil's prophecy, and no doubt the devil's intent. When one looks at the direction art has taken in recent times from fine art, to modern art, to cinematic art, to music, it seems that this has been coming true. However, art belongs to God, and He is going to take art back.