Should I Watch This Movie? (Part 2)

This is a continuation of a previous post entitled Should I Watch This Movie?

Here are a few more questions to help you check your current cinema consumption:

Does This Movie Tempt Me to Sin?

This category is broad, so let me break it down:

  • Am I tempted to lust after the images on the screen? Not much explanation needed here.
  • Am I tempted to be discontent with my current stage of life (single, married, young, old)? Movies are like circus mirrors – they distort every stage of life. Singleness is only freedom. Marriage is solely intimate love. Youth is full of adventure. Old means retiring comfortably. These inaccurate, unbiblical portrayals often tempt us to be discontent with our current stage in life.
  • Am I tempted to believe lies about God, myself, or the world? Movies make excellent liars. They tell us that self-fulfillment matters more than serving others. That sexual love is more important than marital faithfulness. That finding myself is more important than taking up my cross. That “spirituality” matters more than knowing the truth. Beware of lying movies.

Does This Movie Edify Me?

This is where things can get a bit blurry. A movie that doesn’t glorify sin, that I can thank God for, and that doesn’t tempt me can still be unedifying. What do I mean by unedifying? I mean that it doesn’t build me up, doesn’t cause me to love Christ, makes me uneasy, etc.

Jen and I recently stopped watching a particular show. We loved this show. It was an intense, good against evil, crimebuster type of show. But things started to go south. The violence became increasingly gruesome. Disturbing images were planted in my mind, and I was increasingly tempted to fear. I would imagine myself walking into my darkened house and being attacked by a hidden assailant.

Was the show itself sinful? I don’t think so. But it certainly wasn’t helpful for me. So we stopped. Let Philippians 4:8 guide you in this area:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

This list isn’t exhaustive. It’s meant to get you thinking, and praying about the movies you watch.

I would love to get your thoughts. Are these questions helpful? Are there any other questions you would add?

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Stephen Altrogge

I'm a husband, dad, writer. I drink too much coffee and know too much about Star Wars. I created The Blazing Center. I've also written some books which people seem to like. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook