What Are You Watching? 

How many times have you seen an advertisement and thought, “I cannot wait to see that movie or watch that TV show!” You got excited and then realized that it was not appropriate to watch. Do you turn off the movie or show? Do you leave the movie theatre, or continue watching the the movie that you paid your hard-earned money to watch? What is the right thing to do? As followers of Christ, we cannot afford to take lightly the media’s pervasive presence in our lives. 

As I was growing up, any movie that was PG-13 was considered risky in my parents eyes and R rated movies were absolutely out of the question. Today, PG-13 is like the old R rated movies and considered OK for most ages. But is it? Several years ago I went to watch a PG-13 movie and was astonished at the content and language. I should have gotten up and left, but I didn’t, because I reasoned (like many people do) that “the storyline was so good”. I will never forget that time because I felt guilty. I should have not watched it. I made an error in judgment and it taught me a hard lesson. I have matured spiritually since that time. I have promised myself and God that I will never do that again. 

Am I being “old-fashioned”? Does it matter to God? Does God REALLY care what we watch? Of course He does! Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things.” 

Let me ask it this way. If Jesus went to the movies with you or sat in your house during your favorite TV shows, would you be embarrassed? In Jeremiah 15, it says “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush. Therefore they shall fall among them that fall; at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down,” saith the Lord” 

These people were so involved in sinful acts and they were not embarrassed, they would not blush. Nothing phased them Sound familiar today?Profanity and such are considered an artistic work for the sake of the movie.‭‭I have heard fellow Christians say they watched movies that have profanity and/or sexual content. They would give the typical response: “I didn’t notice”, or ” that’s just he way they talk”. That is the problem! We have gotten so numb to sin-especially in the form of vulgar language,that it doesn’t even bother us! Sadly, some Christians have lost the ability to blush when they would do well to find it. 

There are great sites that review movies and let you know about the content of a movie or show. I encourage everyone to check out the movies or shows before you watch them. I know some have a weakness with today’s entertainment. I know we are all far from perfect, but we have a duty to Christ and ourselves to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, to be one with Jesus Christ. We are not to be one with the world. Is what you are watching worth losing your Christian influence or cause you or a fellow Christian to stumble? 

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