A popular stocking stuffer is DreamWorks' animated video on Moses, The
Prince of Egypt.
The film is an entertaining and effective evangelism tool for the family who
wants to reach out to neighbors and friends. Invite them over for a cozy winter
evening by the fire (and television), pop in the movie and use it as an
opportunity to share Jesus. The bridge from Moses to the Prince of Peace is
natural, especially as the Christmas season blends into the new year.
Some points you can make:
Although not every detail of the movie is accurate (because it's a
dramatization, the producers took some creative license), you can be confident
in the film's entertainment value. It's visually captivating and up to the
cinematic standards we have come to expect from Steven Spielberg et al. It's
also awe-inspiring. Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush, Moses'
obedience to His loving and detailed instructions and God's miracles in dealing
with the unyielding pharaoh (especially parting the Red Sea) are handled with
appropriate reverence and good taste. The animated genre lends itself well to
depicting God's holiness and power.
DreamWorks consulted a Who's Who of scholars and cultural experts, including
Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Southern Baptist leaders. Because
of the unprecedented Christian input, the commitment to portray scripture and
the quality of the film as a work of art, film critic Dr. Ted Baehr gave the
movie his highest rating, adding: "If you're looking for a film to use for
evangelism, this is the one."
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