I should be honest for two reasons. First, because writing a dishonest Christian blog about Christian movies is pretty lame and hypocritical. Secondly, I should be honest because honesty is the only way for human beings to relate to one another. I say all this because I’ve just finished previewing the new film from Bridgestone Multimedia Group entitled The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone. This Christian film is intended for younger audiences seeking adventure, humor, and thrilling suspense. Now, for my honest confession, I must say that I have had a tough time my entire life engaging in children’s programming. Even when I was a child, I found it difficult to pay attention to a story when the plotlines were centered on innocent themes that almost distracted me from the real world that did have bad guys, threats, and legitimate fears. When previewing The Lost Medallion, I found myself, at age 20, fully engaged and intrigued as to how excellent this film accomplished all the goals a movie wants to accomplish without compromising any level of appropriate content.
The story is built around an improvisational storyteller (Alex Kendrick from Fireproof, Facing the Giants, Courageous, and Flywheel) who visits an orphanage to make some donations and ends up skipping an important playoff baseball game to share a story with the children. Within minutes of the story starting, I found myself acting like one of those orphans, giving my undivided attention to hear the details of what was happening to the characters. I found that this family-friendly message skipped all the predictable jargon that we often tolerate when watching films and pierced right to the heart of the matter. And the heart of the matter is just that, the heart.
With gripping and engaging details, The Lost Medallion transcended it’s category as a children’s Christian film and spoke to what was really important about every film, every story, and subsequently, every human life. The emphasis on the heart made it evident that the writer and director of the film, Bill Muir, really understands the potential and purpose of film making. Then entire time that I watched The Lost Medallion, I felt compelled to pay more attention to my own heart and what it has been saying for countless years. Each of us has within our heart a yearning to experience adventure and be reassured that before we ever came along, there was a King who loved us enough to die for us. Without any corny tag lines or clichés, this family-friendly film reinforced the most important facets of every human life in a way that encourages me to invest more into the hearts of my own family and friends.
I started this article by being honest with each of you, and I’m sure that if we were all honest with ourselves, we’d recognize that what we need most from our entertainment and media is to reinforce what we’ve wanted our children (when I say “our,” I mean your children. I’m 20, remember?) to learn, that family is important, and God is the ultimate Father in the family he intends to unite made up of all His children.
Alongside this desire we have to teach our children about the importance of family, I’ve come to realize that children have been teaching us that very same lesson all along. Children, along with Christian Children’s programming, have taught me the importance of slowing down, skipping whatever event I purchased a ticket for (much like the storyteller in the film), and paying attention to my heart. May we all be wise enough to be like a child. And may you remember to gather your family together to watch The Lost Medallion: the Adventures of Billy Stone. You won’t regret it! Trust me, I’m being honest, remember?