I have been really busy of late, prepping for the Premiere of TOUCHED, but I wanted to sit down and touch base with you all. A lot has been happened following the UK election result in June. One of them being the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron’s decision to step down due to his Faith. During the lead up to the general election in June – which was arguably, one of the most crucial elections in recent years – and amidst the Brexit negotiation quagmire… the media and online platforms appeared to be fixated on Mr Farron’s belief surrounding homosexuality. I am not surprised. More often than not, this is the myopic filter through which the Christian narrative is diffused in the mainstream, when a person expresses a Faith in God, this belief is reduced to one’s views around issues such as; homosexuality; abortion and gender equality. However, there is so much more to Faith. With Christianity, increasingly being portrayed as something that is “anti” and restrictive; as opposed to life affirming and welcoming, creating social boxes and divisions attempting to put something as intricate as a person’s Faith into those boxes. Perhaps, it is time for Christians to contribute openly to that narrative showing another dimension to our Faith.
With regard to Womanhood, words like submission and feminism are often pitted against each other and viewed as mutually exclusive. Sparking debate as to whether the Christian Faith is compatible with modern life or even relevant today. Personally, I see this as a challenge; a challenge to reject the one-dimensional story presented by various mainstream outlets and contribute by sharing more stories of Faith. If varied Christian Faith stories are not being told, it will result in an incomplete narrative – one I think is prevalent today. As a wife who openly submits to my husband because of my Faith and openly supports gender equality because of my Faith, I often don’t see myself in the stories getting the media attention. I certainly don’t fit into the socially constructed box of what a Christian Woman is. Being rather presumptuous here, I think that is the case for many Christians today.
Devon Franklin’s Faith- based film, ‘Heaven is for Real’ grossed 91 million dollars in the US – testament to the fact that there is an appetite for another narrative. I would encourage more Christians to share stories on how their Faith is enriching their life, stories of healing, community, overcoming injustice and hope. These stories exist in the lives of everyday people and the sharing of these stories can encourage people to explore the Christian Faith beyond the mainstream portrayal, it’s time for faith to have a seat at the table! With the WTALK Network, I have thrown entertainment, which is often synonymous with Hollywood (the ‘devils playground’) and Faith together, with the hope of setting aside stereotypes and engaging in conversation. The WTALK Network is committed to sharing a fuller picture of Faith. My experience has been, that Faith liberates and doesn’t restrict and it would be a disservice to not showcase that.
What I have found in building the Network and most recently launching the W360 streaming membership is that people want to be able to explore Faith and what that means for them in an accessible and relevant way. W360 is about empowering Women to explore Faith via Entertainment. Faith is a deeply personal thing, it is at the core of what a person believes about life, the world and beyond. Now, I’m not here to answer questions on theology, feminism, homosexuality and their compatibility, but to allow the individual to seek those answers for themselves. Actually, God invites us to seek him in Matthew 7:8. I believe part of the role of the Christian Faith is to invite people to seek, with the Faith that if they seek, they will surely find.
It has been my experience that a Faith filled life is full of adventure, twists, turns, ups and downs; a Faith that has gotten me through my darkest of days and provide a light in the deepest of tunnels. It is both exhilarating and sobering, the Christian Faith as I know it, cannot be placed in a box. Our job is to showcase that Faith – are you with me?