In The High Church Of The Master Control Program

In The High Church Of The Master Control Program

Religion and belief were two of the key themes in the 1982 Disney classic Tron. Three of the key themes at Lifechurch.TV’s location in Warr Acres, Oklahoma this month are religion, belief, and Tron.

This month Lifechurch.TV takes their message to the movies. During the evangelical church’s “At the Movies” sermon series, each of its 14 locations across five states chooses a blockbuster Hollywood film, incorporating key elements of the chosen film in order to create the ultimate theme church experience. This year the location at 5821 Northwest Expressway in Warr Acres chose Tron.

The church is actually dressed up in the style of last year’s Tron: Legacy, but for the sake of my sanity we’ll pretend they chose the original film. It’s much more thematically appropriate, what with Kevin Flynn, the creator of the computer world, sending his creation, Tron, to free programs that believe in the all-powerful users from what amounts to religious prosecution. The second movie is just about people in shiny outfits.

The transformation is rather astounding, and quite detailed. Visitors enter through Flynn’s Arcade and pass through onto the Grid itself. There’s even an End of Line bar, where churchgoers can purchase blue glowing glasses of tonic water and Kool-Aid.

Mixing Tron with church seems like a rather inventive way to draw in the Sunday sermon crowds. I’m just not sure how I feel about mixing religion with Kool-Aid.

Warr Acres church lobby becomes video game world of ‘Tron’ for sermon series [NewsOK]


  • Haha, that’s more like it! This is the kind of fun stuff all kinds of religious congregations need to start doing to bring religions useful values back into relevance, take up rates for most organizations are dropping quite steeply and it’s the tired old fashioned ‘churchy’ sermons that are turning many away in today’s busy world. Modernize or disappear.

    • I don’t need to read that verse since the region I bias towards only takes what’s in the the bible as metaphor.

      So the disappearance of a church is likely to represent the change of religion teaching and understanding in the world may change as we know it, ie: activities like the ones in this article are a good example of this ‘change.’

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