Thursday, July 12, 2007

At the Movies

The following assessment will not shock anyone reading this blog. There are very few decent movies out today. Earlier in the week we rented "Open Season" after looking at nearly every title in the store.

I'm not against entertainment. I'm not against going to the movies or watching TV. However, I am in favor of bringing glory to God and doing things that are part of the process of sanctification.

So, what do we do? Boycott the big screen? Go to movies anyway and pretend that the f-word and constant use of Jesus name does not offend us? Realize there is a ditch on either side. How do we live in our culture, interact with our culture and yet not be shaped by our culture? What do you suppose ought to shape someone who makes a claim to Christianity? It is Christ, and the Word that reveals him.

Certainly this is an area of "Christian liberty." So, I will not pronounce an absolute standard for you. But let's be honest, movies that are filled with sex, nudity, violence and crude language will not serve for our edification. You must decide where you will draw the boundaries and then, don't cross them. For me that means I will not go to or rent a movie that is rated "R." Actually, most PG-13 movies are beyond my "lines." It is also important to understand why we make the choices we do. I'll let you think on that one and maybe leave a comment.

With that said, here's a web page that might help you out. Phil Boatwright provides detailed movie reviews from a Christian perspective. Recently I rented "I Am David" (pictured above) because the reviewer said it was one of the best movies of 2003. I now agree and will recommend it to you. Boatwright also has an essay on profanity in movies that you may find interesting.

It's summer movie season. There are a few movies out worth watching. Most are not. Maybe rent a family classic and enjoy some popcorn at home. Or better yet, skip the movie and have "family game night." That's Madison's favorite.


Brian said...

Thanks for the link to Boatwright. It looks like a good site.

Jon Cyrus said...

I think it is a very good resource, if I can only remember to check there prior to going to Blockbuster.

Michael Ervin said...

Thank you Jon! I will have to get this movie.