You bought your ticket. You spent seven dollars on a four quart soda and a tub of butter-soaked popcorn. Your pockets are lined with Mike & Ike’s, Jujubes, and Milk Duds. You’re jazzed out of your tube socks to see the first summer blockbuster.
One question remains: should you watch it?
The fact is, you’ll be a different person when you walk out of the theater. Movies effect us. They make us laugh and cringe. They plant images in our mind. Sometimes they make us more like Christ.
As a Christian, how do you determine which movies are good and which are trash?
Here are several questions that I have found helpful to ask myself before and during a movie. (Note: These questions are the result of conversations with my dad and a sermon by Joshua Harris.)
Does the Movie Glorify Sin?
Have you ever found yourself hoping that a character will leave their unhappy marriage and run away with their true love? I have.
In essence, I’m rooting for adultery. I’m rooting for wickedness. For sins that crucified Christ.
Hollywood often portrays sin as good. We want Jonny Main Character to have a happy marriage, to get revenge on the man that killed his brother, to successfully rob the wealthy, snobbish banker.
Our emotions are manhandled to the point where we no longer root for righteousness.
Can I Thank God For This Movie?
Colossians 3:17 says:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Can you genuinely thank God for the movie you just watched? Can you thank God for the content of the movie and for the way the movie affected you?
If you find yourself cringing rather than thankful, you may want to reconsider.
TO BE CONTINUED…
+photo by Jessica