September 2, 2014
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NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Christians already have seen the blockbuster "Les Miserables" and have voiced glowing reactions, partly the hoped-for result of a marketing campaign to the faith community.

According to a report by CNN, NBC Universal sought to capitalize on the movie's themes of grace, mercy and redemption by promoting Les Miserables to pastors, Christian radio hosts and other influential people in Christian circles.

Yet there are two ways to respond to the film from a Christian perspective. While many people laud it as an inspiring masterpiece, others believe the film's sexual content, violence and language make it unfit for Christians.

Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs is among the supporters of Les Miserables, partnering with promoter Grace Hill Media for a special screening, according to CNN Jan. 3. Focus on the Family invited adoption agencies, child welfare officials and church leaders throughout the state to preview the film.

"We're trying to raise awareness for the needs of kids, particularly in the foster care system, who don't have any families," Kelly Rosati, vice president of community outreach for Focus on the Family, told CNN. "We love to come alongside them and welcome them home, and for that reason, we loved the movie."

Rosati added that Les Miserables "is able to engage the heart in a way straight facts and calls to action can never do."

Les Miserables won Golden Globe awards Jan. 13 for best musical or comedy, best actor and best supporting actress. The film has been nominated for several Oscars, including best picture, best actor and best supporting actress.


Among Southern Baptists, Les Miserables also has found support. Former SBC president Bryant Wright tweeted, "Seeing Les Miserables may do more to build up adoption than any article or policy discussion. Don't miss it!"

Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project, a new Bible study curriculum from LifeWay Christian Resources, wrote a positive review of Les Miserables that appeared on Crosswalk.com. Read More
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