I am a movie buff and a Christian. I have friends at church who seem legalistic about watching movies; we are all adults, what is the big deal anyway? Signed, Movie Buff
Dear Movie Buff,
As I read your question, I thought of today’s movies and the Hollywood machine which is producing all of them. As I measure the values of Hollywood against Biblical principles the answer seems obvious. Yes, it is a big deal for Christians to compromise in the movies they watch. Movies infiltrate our society at every level, shaping and molding our culture, including our children to compromise with sin.
The mind is the battlefield, as believers we must guard our minds; Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man,…” These are common themes made into movies. Why do Christians want to finance Hollywood’s vision to overthrow innocence for our children, to support sexual immorality and things which are in direct contrast to the Word of God?
Christians can insist that watching the movie does not affect them that, they are free to watch them as adults and anyone who does not agree is legalistic. Those who take a righteous stand are not legalistic. The Bible is filled with believers who were challenged by their culture, their fleshly desires and faced with decisions to follow Jesus in everyday life. Today, we are challenged on all sides, including with Hollywood movies. I cannot avoid the truth in scripture which declares, there are consequences for believers who disobey God’s commandments.
Believers in Christ should desire to sacrifice anything which is part of the world to live right and please the Lord in all things. Please read the book of Psalms 1, the Bible is proof that Christians must be careful with what they set before their eyes. We are given the choices every moment of every day to choose righteousness, the abundant life of Christ. I hope you will make the right choice, I invite you join us for any of our church services.
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