The hedonistic psyche that has caught up with our generation is gathering more pace by the day. We are being overtaken by the entertainment world. To me, it looks like the perilous days that were to come are here (2 Timothy 3:1-5). All the aspects of this “prophecy” may not have been fully fulfilled but the part that talks about people being lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God is something that is closing in on mankind day by day.
I must say that I have not been impressed by movies at all. This is why I would like to make this call:
Beware of movies. If we don’t watch out, movies will move tons of junks into our mind.
Instead, let us keep alert, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2 NIV).
Unless we resist the temptation of conforming to the patterns of this world, we may not stand a chance to test and approve what God’s will is. If we commit ourselves to go for “His good, pleasing and perfect will”, then we have to keep pace with the transformation that results when we saturate our mind with the things of God. Otherwise, we might stand the danger of “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5).
Indiscriminate watching of movies can be a dangerous involvement for a Christian.
When Isaiah saw the LORD Almighty he cried out:
“Woe to me!... I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5 NIV).
Isaiah was not only concerned about the ill things he might have said—“I am a man of unclean lips”—he was equally concerned about the ill things he had heard from the people he lived among—“I live among people of unclean lips”. This warns us not only to be responsible with what we ‘say’ but also what we ‘hear’. We tend to lend our ears to listen to things that defile us.
If Isaiah was living today, he might have also lamented the “uncleanliness of his eyes”—if he happened to have been watching things over the television that pollute the mind.
A movie doesn’t have to have 90% inappropriate content to be indecent. Our mind is like the stomach. Less than 5 percent poison in our water is enough to do a lot of damage in the stomach—it can kill. In the same way, very little content of indecent language and scenes are enough to pollute the mind.
I get concerned when Christian’s are willing to link on their websites movies that have good amount of indecencies in their content. Meanwhile, such people would be very reluctant to link or endorse a Christian book, website, music, etc. for a brother in the Lord.
This is a nicely balanced `warning` with all the facts placed before the reader. I like the way you included "indiscriminate" watching of movies..as in all walks of life there are the good, the bad and the downright ugly! I ask myself "would the Lord be watching this?" and if He wouldn`t - then nor should I....thank you Daniel.