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Reader’s Question: Now that I’m a Christian does it matter what movies I watch?

I have had a couple of ladies write in to me, asking about the viewing of media with the question “does it really matter?” Does what we watch, listen to, or play have an effect on who we are and our relationship with Christ? The answer is a resounding YES!

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

As a youth pastor’s wife, I am in constant conversation with teenage girls and am pretty up to date on what is popular in their world. I heard a group of my girls the other week talking about wanting to go home and watch the show Gossip Girls, now I had not seen this show before but I wanted to check it out to know what the appeal was for my teenagers. That night I sat down on the couch and watched forty-seven minutes of sin after sin being glorified and made to look normal in the lives of teenagers. The sins ranged from premarital sex to attempted rape to underage drinking and the use of pot. I was appalled that my youth girls were watching this. When I approached them later about it, they all said they knew it was bad to watch but they in some way enjoyed it. They said that because the girls were so beautiful and wore such nice clothes and everything seemed so glamorous that they forgot about the sins that were being betrayed.

When we, as Christians, become so numb to sin that it doesn’t bother us to watch it or listen to it we are no longer aligning ourselves with the things of God, but rather we have put our focus on the things of this world. The world is great at making sin look fun and normal and okay, and that is why there are so many girls getting pregnant outside of marriage, so many people starving themselves to look a certain way and going into tons of debt to be able to buy certain things that can allow them to maintain the “norm” that today’s entertainment has taught us.

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE watching a good movie, and there was a time in my life where cussing or nudity in a movie or show did not bother me. But now that I have aligned my spirit with that of the Holy Spirit, I cannot handle to hear or see sin without it bothering my soul. Our bodies are meant to be a sanctuary for the Holy Spirit (1Corin. 6:19-20); therefore, we need to use our bodies in the glorification of God. How can we do that? By living out Philippians 4:8.

Philippians 4:8 says, “And now dear brother and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Watching a movie where a guy is sleeping with a girl outside of marriage or where people are getting drunk, or listening to songs where it promotes sexting or going out partying will corrupt your way of seeing sin for what it is, death.

Do not allow yourself to become okay with the things of this world, with the sins that are being promoted as normal. Challenge yourself to say no to the promotion of sins by not being okay with viewing them or listening to them.

A great website I look at before I go view a movie is kids-in-mind.com. This website gives a scale from 1 to 10 on the violence, sex, and language in a movie. It also gives a list of the things that happen in a movie under each of those three sections. This is a great way to start setting a standard for yourself on the things you watch. If the movie lists that there is any form of nudity in it, DO NOT watch it. That is a sin, it is a form of pornography. If there is cussing in a movie, DO NOT watch it. The more cussing we hear, the more a part of our lives it becomes. If a movie is promoting premarital sex or getting drunk or any form of sinning DO NOT watch it. I know you are probably saying, well then what can I watch?! And unfortunately, there are not many good movies or shows out there today, but here’s my question for you: is it worth it? Is seeing that new blockbuster worth the possibility of letting sin come in between you and God?

I know today’s post may be a little pushy, but Christians have to start taking a stand, and refuse to give in to this world. If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything. Make a stand for Christ, and I encourage you to let it start with what you are viewing and listening to.

Coming up on Wednesday: Clutter Killer

Be Blessed!

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