This popped up on my newsfeed this morning, and thought it was appropriate after that question. In response to the question "Is it wrong to enjoy violent movies, books and video games?" One pastor replied with this:
The Rev. Matt Cox, pastor, EastLake Community Church, 2734 La. (South Junior High):
I am an avid gamer and love a good movie. Unfortunately it’s common for Christians to get dogmatic about entertainment, making broad brushstrokes about what types of movies you can or can’t watch. Two issues: One, the Bible is silent on what types of entertainment are “OK”; two, genres of entertainment are mostly value neutral.
It’s not enough to ask about “violent movies” or comedies or whether a movie is rated PG or R. In fact, if the MPAA were to rate the Bible, it would get a NC-17 rating because of explicit violence and sexual content.
While the Bible never speaks to any genre guidelines, there are two things we should consider when approaching entertainment: One, God wants us to rest and relax; and two, what is the condition of your heart when experiencing entertainment?
God wants you to have fun in life. He designed us to enjoy community and the creations we make — fictional stories to modern art to great food. Do you enjoy a good story as a way to experience another’s creation or are you using it as an escape from your dissatisfaction? Are those movies in your Netflix queue because you’re legitimately interested in the concept or because you knew there were sex scenes that you could remember later as an escape from your spouse?
You know the why of what entertainment you choose. Be honest when you choose.
But here’s a tough reality that we need to get: Entertainment usually does a much better job asking honest questions about life than almost any “movies” found in the “Christian genre.”
If we need a Christian bookstore’s endorsement to feel spiritual about what we watch, we’ll grow more out of sync with a hurting world asking R-rated questions we’re too absorbed to come out of our PG bubble for.
Is he right? Does this obsession with what is "proper" cause people to lose perspective of what's really going on in the world around them?Answer Question
Answer by 3libras at 1:50 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Answer by SpiritedWitch at 1:54 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
If the Bible were rated NC 17 I'd still read it.
I'm christian and my DH and I make the decision for our selves and our family what comes into our home. However I like having information to help make these decisions. If I don't know enough about a book or a movie I might check out several family websites to see what they say. . Some of these sites might be christian run. I may or may not go along with their recommendation depending on the situation.
Answer by oneforthemoney at 1:57 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Answer by m-avi at 2:12 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Answer by skinnyslokita at 2:37 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 2:46 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:52 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Answer by lga1965 at 3:30 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Some people are too concerned with what others think is right. Some people are just curious about what other think or just want input from others.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:38 PM on Jun. 24, 2012
Answer by sahmamax2 at 3:38 PM on Jun. 24, 2012