Have you ever wondered about what movies to see or not see? In the body of Christ at large, there’s so much swirling around about what movies to see, what movies not to see and everything in between. Some have a hard line rule, “No rated R movies, period.” For others in the body of Christ, it’s a little grayer and they watch rated R movies.
Personally, I’ve not had a home entertainment center for 10+ years. I don’t watch TV and occasionally will watch a movie on my computer. It seems I most often watch movies or TV when I’m away from home, traveling, etc. Over the years my sensitivity as to what my eyes and ears are exposed to have tremendously increased. I find myself closing my eyes and ears during violent or sexual scenes like a little 5 year old. Without shame, I’ll close my eyes and ears because sometimes the stuff on the big screen is totally wicked, evil, or gruesome. God never intended for humans to be exposed to corruption and violence, which by the way, is why He flooded the earth in the days of Noah.
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” – Genesis 6:11-13
Our goal as followers of Jesus is to become transformed into His likeness, not the world’s. He is righteous and holy. Jesus is the radiance of the Father and perfect love. Rated R movies mostly serve for one purpose – to sell sin. Flat out. Satan wants humans to focus on that which is carnal and not according to God’s plans and purposes. The only way Satan can be everywhere at once is through media outlets. He can influence programs worldwide with his storyline, rather than God’s.
That’s exactly why GOD TV and other Christian media outlets are so vital in the hour we live. Followers of Christ need to flood the earth with the knowledge of God – teaching, equipping and discipling the next generation regarding the Kingdom of Heaven and the return of Jesus Christ.
What does the Bible say?
A couple scripture references that made me more concerned about the movies I expose myself to are found in Isaiah and Psalms. The Lord has much more to say about violence throughout the Bible. These are simply two references:
The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense [will be] the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water [will be] sure. Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will see the land that is very far off. – Isaiah 33:14-17
Psalm 11:5 – The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
What kind of quality walk do we want with the Lord? He’s always inviting us to raise our standard to His standard. The question is, how much of Him do we want, over that which is of the world?
Personally these scripture greatly provoked me. “Yes Lord! I want to dwell with the devouring fire! I want everlasting burnings!”
“Well then Joshua, if you want those things – this is what you’re to do…
Walk righteously, refuse bribes, stop your ears from hearing bloodshed, and shut your eyes from seeing evil.”
Genesis communicates just how profoundly humans are captivated by violence and corruption.
As I read Isaiah, I thought about the exchange. If I turn off the TV and don’t entertain myself with violence, sexual immorality and other things the Bible identifies as evil, I will receive the following promises:
- I will burn with everlasting burnings, without fear
- I will dwell on high
- My place of defense will be a fortress of rocks
- Bread and water will be given me
- Most importantly, I will see the King
Speaking from my own walk, when I watch movies, and particularly rated R movies, my spirit gets dulled. I lose my zeal for the Lord because of entertaining myself with idle chatter, worthless images, bloodshed, and wickedness. I lose my intimacy or shall I say, sensitivity, to the Holy Spirit.
Does that mean I never watch rated R movies? I still do from time to time. I’d be a hypocrite if I said I never did. However, those favorite movies from days gone by don’t seem to have the same appeal any longer.
What’s the Lord speaking to you about? How’s He leading you into Truth surrounding this topic? Holy Spirit is the best teacher and is faithful to lead each of us. May He speak to you in a powerful way regarding your personal walk and relationship. In Jesus’ name amen.
*For those wanting to be more cautious about the movies you enjoy, there’s an app called The Dove Foundation that rates and tells you what type of content one can anticipate. Get an informed Christian perspective before watching a movie.