I watched a little of it somewhere. It was a strange movie. Cameron wasn't trying to put the Christ back in Christmas---just the opposite. He spends the movie attacking his brother-in-law for thinking that money squandered on the holiday might better be used to feed the hungry and for pointing out the alleged pagan origins of the holiday. But Cameron explains that all this stuff is Biblical and there's no way Jesus would want you to help the poor instead of Christmas shopping. The whole thing's a rather shocking defense of commercialism and materialism. It's a former sit-com star's idea of Christianity.
When the movie got zero positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Cameron put out a call for religious folk to skew the results with user reviews, even if they hadn't seen the movie. Show the snooty elites that they can't tell us what to watch.
This triggered a backlash and offended users, Christian and non-Christian, posted their own reviews. The thing is now the worst-rated movie on the site.
One user wrote:
In Cameron's very narrow perspective, anything associated with the holiday has to be positive. Yes, Cameron literally argues that all the material excess and spending actually honors God. Instead of looking at the presents under the tree as just that, look at them as the outline of a skyline of a new Jerusalem, Cameron offers in one of the more head-scratching moments. He conflates the spending of money with celebration, admonishing people to buy "the biggest ham, the richest butter" as long as they just don't "max out their credit cards." That's the limit he sets, so everything below that must be agreeable. Just to hammer the message home further, Cameron says that materialism is good because "Christ was made material."Christ was killed on a wooden cross, and there are trees in the Bible, so Christmas trees are Biblical.
It's hard for me to believe that people who gave it positive reviews actually saw it. One wrote:
Really loved the film and its message. Fascinating to see what is behind the true meaning of Christmas.But there was this apparently sincere review:
Best Christmas presentation ever. In fact, it not only changed my perspective on Christmas, it may have permanently changed my outlook on the world in general. I hesitate to call it a film or movie, as that doesn't really fit. This is more of a visual conversation, between Kirk and fellow Christians. It is not for anyone else. It wasn't marketed to general audiences and it wasn't intended for general audiences. It's not even a tool of evangelism, he isn't trying to bring anyone to Christ. This is purely by Christians and for Christians and its intention is only to have a conversation about Christmas, though in a fun way.I never saw anyone attack A Charlie Brown Christmas for Linus's speech about the true meaning of Christmas.
The worst part of this is actually the hate-speech from non-Christians. It has really brought out the true colors of a lot of people who hate it purely because it is Christian. The Razzies in particular this year really showed how much they hate Christians. All the other Razzie nominees were big budget, Hollywood, wide release entertainment films. Saving Christmas is none of these, it was only marketed to Christians, with a tiny budget and a limited release. So by singling out Saving Christmas and Kirk Cameron, the Razzie voters showed that they don't really care about critiquing bad movies as much as they love the opportunity to bash Christians.
There was something I read long ago in Dear Abby. Someone wrote to Abby and asked her to reprint a "wonderful story". Abby thought it was a wonderful story, too.
The story was:
A young man from a wealthy family was about to graduate from high school. It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate an automobile. ``Bill`` and his father had spent months looking at cars, and the week before graduation they found the perfect car. Bill was certain that the car would be his on graduation night.
Imagine his disappointment when, on the eve of his graduation, Bill`s father handed him a gift-wrapped Bible.
Bill was so angry, he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father never saw each other again.
It was the news of his father`s death that brought Bill home again. As he sat one night, going through his father`s possessions that he was to inherit, he came across the Bible his father had given him. He brushed away the dust and opened it to find a cashier`s check, dated the day of his graduation - in the exact amount of the car they had chosen together.There are only two possible morals to this story: If someone gives you a Bible, don't get mad because there might be a check in it, or, if you want to give someone a check, don't put it in a Bible.
But the rubes out there read a story with a Bible in it and think it's Christian.
What this means is that they don't know there's any message in ANY story. They hear a parable and enthuse over how wonderful it is, but they have absolutely no clue that it has any deeper meaning at all.
Kirk Cameron doesn't know it, but these people are his target audience.