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Confession: it was only a few years ago I realized The Oscars and The Academy Awards were one in the same. In fact, 2013 was the first year I actually watched The Oscars. Growing up, it just wasn’t a thing for us. We weren’t really into the pop culture scene; I could probably count on one hand (maybe two) the number of movies I went to in theatres before I left for college.
The Church and Christian subculture has a weird way of being unappreciative of, and even hostile toward the arts. It’s okay to not be into the movie scene, and I certainly don’t advocate seeing every movie ever made (case in point: Fifty Shades of Grey). But we have a weird complex going on about the arts, entertainment, and talent. We don’t talk about movies—unless it’s Disney animation or anything from Kirk Cameron—or the Oscars, or Katy Perry’s weird Superbowl sharks. (Gasp! You watched the half-time show?!) It’s like these things don’t even exist.
Let’s be honest: we aren’t we good at appreciating the God-given talent in the entertainment industry.
That’s right, I said it. God-given talent.