42 Hits Home Run with Faith-driven Themes
Despite modest expectations, 42, the faith-driven biopic which follows the rise of Jackie Robinson as the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, overachieved at the box office on opening weekend by bringing in $27.3 million and topping the charts.
Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, Robin Hood, Green Zone) and starring Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers president and general manager, 42 is fundamentally a story of Christian faith conquering discrimination and racial bigotry.
The movie begins with Rickey, an outspokenly faith-driven Methodist, informing his staff that he plans to bring an Africa-American player into his organization – an idea deemed unthinkable by most people in an era of entrenched racial segregation.
42 is a compelling and moving tale of courage in the face of persecution as Robinson and Rickey rely on their Christian faith while facing the trials and tribulations that came with breaking the color barrier in baseball, America’s favorite pastime. Both Robinson and Rickey are driven by a higher sense of justice, much of it derived from their biblical worldview and Christian heritage.
Throughout the movie, Rickey repeatedly encourages Robinson to win people over by turning the other cheek and taking the high road. Over the course of Robinson’s first season, we see him begin to win over his teammates, opposing teams and fans as they gain respect for – and eventually rally behind – the future Baseball Hall of Famer.
While 42 necessarily contains difficult scenes depicting the troubling harassment and derogatory language steeped in racial epithets common to the era, 42 is not gratuitous and includes only that which is necessary to properly convey the struggle to overcome racism that Robinson faced as an African-American.
With its entertaining story line and strong faith-based themes, 42 offer a wonderful opportunity for Faith Driven Consumers across America to support a movie that appeals to good and righteous biblical themes while shining the light of Christ into cultural darkness.
Make plans now to take your family and friends to see 42. As Faith Driven Consumers, we can positively and proactively choose entertainment that aligns with our values and respects the Christian faith held by the vast majority of Americans.
And by stewarding our dollars toward faith-compatible content like 42, we encourage decision makers in Hollywood to produce more wholesome entertainment that has a positive cultural impact.