Monday, October 13, 2008

Guideline Checklists: Biblical Foundation

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Is it true?
Does the story mirror reality?
Are historic events, people, settings accurately portrayed genre?
Are “based on true story” tales accurate within expectations of story structure?
Is the science reasonably accurate?
Does the story, no matter the genre, reflect moral law—those truths written into the universe?

Is it noble?
Are serious topics treated in a dignified manner?
Does humor retain respect for God and people, even as it ridicules ideas, vices or human folly?

Is it right?
Does the story conform to the standards of God (e.g. “do not steal”)?
To the will of God (e.g. “give thanks in all circumstances”)?
To the character of God (e.g. justice, grace, love, redemption, sacrifice)?

Is it pure?
Are the bad elements (those attitudes/actions that are sin if manifest in our lives) presented in a way that will not encourage implementation?
Is evil shown as evil, with the appropriate consequences (punishment)?
Is good shown as good, with appropriate consequences (reward)?

Is it lovely?
Are the writing, cinematography, word choices, and descriptions pleasing to the senses?
Does the story evoke a I Corinthians 13 love?

Is it admirable?
Does the story carry positive qualities that result in a good reputation?
Would your reputation be enhanced or tarnished if your name was connected with that work?

Is it excellent?
Is the craft of good quality, exceeding the average of the industry?

Is it praiseworthy?
Does the story’s content glorify God, explicitly or implicitly?

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