Last night was the 82nd annual Academy Awards,
or The Oscars.
As millions sat at home and watched about two thousand (complete guess sounds good though) people filled the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The separation was obvious not only from the screens that separated us but the movies and culture that we were watching. As I sat there watching these awards and trying to figure out how I had never seen 75% of the movies that were up for awards I could not help but think one of two things:
1) Either I am very uncultured
2) There is a huge disconnect between hollywood & America
The answer is probably both, but an industry that has only people to thank for taking them to where they are today has became out of touch with common people.
A good story is what we are after. Whether it be in the movie (Hurt Locker) or about a real life story (Blind Side, Invictus). A story can cut through any race or class divide and bring people close. But for some reason “good” seemed to get lost in translation. I was reminded of this as I tried to figure out why I had never heard of movies such as An Education, Precious, A Serious Man, and other movies. I wonder if it was my fault that I did not do my job of paying attention to the newest releases or if it was Hollywood’s fault for choosing to promote movies such as the Hangover over a movie about a young African American girl who is trying to make it through life (Precious). When it comes down to it, certain things sell and we are left with award shows like the MTV movie awards instead of the Academy Awards.
Why is it called the Academy Awards? Probably because an academy of 6000 people vote on what they think is the best film of the year, who was the best actor or actress, etc… As I sit at home in my sweat pants, button up flannel shirt and house shoes watching and waiting to find who had the best film of the year I was reminded of the disconnect between me and the people who are wearing dresses that were worth more then the house that I sit in.
Here is where I bring in the spiritual side of things. You will have to forgive me for this. Mainly because I usually make fun of people who try to over spiritualize everything or for that matter stretch as much God out of something that is divinely possible. But I am going to go out there on a limb and raise this question:
Has the church become so out of touch with the ones watching that the greatest story every told is being lost?
If that doesn’t make sense, let me know. Say something like “hey Kyle, somewhere your thoughts from your head did not transfer to your fingers and I am confused on what you are asking.”
Or maybe it made perfect sense and you wanted to weigh in on how this story is not being lost and what you are doing to make sure that others get to hear and see the story in action.
Give me some feedback…