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I grew up in a fundamentalist Baptist Church. We were not the most fundamentalist of the various Baptist Churches in the city. Actually we prided ourselves on our “moderation”. After all, we allowed our preacher to wear colored shirts in the pulpit! While we talked a lot about grace, we had no idea how to live out grace. Spirituality was determined by the things that you did and did not do. While unwritten (only the fundamentalist churches that we laughed at had written lists), we all knew and understood the rules. Good Christians never went to movies or dances. We did not smoke, drink or play cards. Of course there were exceptions to all of these rules. Better Christians were in church every Sunday for Sunday School, morning worship and evening service. The most spiritual Christians attended Wednesday night Prayer Meeting
You could watch movies in your home on TV and the fact that these were the same movies that had previously appeared in the movie theatres was somehow not a problem. When Corrie Ten Boom’s life story came out in movie form as “The Hiding Place” and was shown in local theatres, some went, but others could not and would not darken the doors of the sinful theatre. All this began to change in 1966 when the Sound of Music became such a major movie success. Good fundamentalist Christians became tired of driving two and three hours to the next city to see the movie secretly. Eventually it became acceptable to see movie with a “G” rating. That q...