Recently I had the opportunity to ask Steve McEveety, famed producer of such powerful and meaningful films as The Passion of the Christ, BraveHeart and We Were Soldiers what he believes the culture challenge of our time is. He answered without hesitation, "Secularism".
He said that our culture is dead set on teaching our children that they are merely "material beings," that there is nothing more to life.
McEveety is right.
Our children are simmering in a brew of emptiness that emphasizes gadgets galore, immediate gratification and pornography. It's now almost unheard for a child or teenager to be exposed to the real questions of life such as "Why am I here?", or "What happens after I die?" or "What is my purpose in life?" Educators think these topics are too heavy for children; that they are by their nature, judgmental, and thus off-limits. Hollywood doesn’t want our kids to stop and ponder such questions at all, because if they do, they just might come to the conclusion that there is a God and that there is more to life than mere entertainment.
McEveety, now with MPower Pictures, is a rare breed in Hollywood that understands that what children really crave is truth, meaning, and to know that there is something more than the latest fad. "It's real simple. We need to teach our sons and daughters that human beings are not just physical - unlike animals, we are spiritual beings. If we ignore that we are ignoring the better half of our life. If we teach our kids to ignore that, they never really live."
How To Save Your Family from Missing the Meaning of Life
Thank God that amidst a sea of trashy, simplistic and trivial films created to manipulate our kids, there is a company like MPower Pictures which has brought adults such thought provoking movies like Bella and the Stoning of Soraya M. This week MPower releases a movie designed to bring out the best in our children; a film that actually respects them as something more than animals in heat.
Snowmen is a heart-warming film that affirms that our children are of high value - that they can aspire to more than merely living to satisfy their immediate desires. It explores the taboo subject of spirituality in such a natural manner that even the youngest viewer understands how important it is while also being thoroughly entertained.
“We explore the eternal world in way that is not frightening for children," McEveety said. “And we let them know that it’s not just what you do that matters, it’s how you do it.”