Hollywood and the Christian


  There is, firstly, that type of movie known as the thriller.  Under this category would be adventure movies, spy movies, detective movies, war movies, and much more.  The vast majority of them involve hatred, violence, murder and revenge.  These sins are considered essential ingredients.  But the Christian is to love his enemies (Matt.5:44,45), to be gentle (Gal.5:22), to commit no murder, not even in the heart (Matt.5:21,22), and to seek no revenge, but to forgive (Rom.12:19-21; Matt.6:14,15) – the very opposite of the essential ingredients of most of these movies!  The Christian is not to walk according to this world.  He is a citizen of a heavenly country.  He is to “think on” such things as are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Phil.4:8).  He is to set his affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Col.3:2).  He cannot do this if he is filling his mind with images of unnecessary violence, murder, revenge, etc.

  Then, too, thrillers are usually full of fornication, adultery, and other sexual sins.  Not only are such sins graphically acted out – that would be evil enough – but they are actually glorified!  The Lord Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt.5:27,28).  Adulterous scenes are constantly portrayed in movies, inciting lust in the viewers – millions of whom profess to be Christians!  Merely to look at a woman (or man) with lust is to commit adultery, yet in their devotion to movies these “Christians” do precisely that!  The holy God that they claim to love and worship sees all, and His judgment will not tarry forever.

  In addition, this type of movie often contains scenes glorifying drinking and drunkenness (see Prov.20:1; 23:29-35; 1 Cor.6:10), as well as making liberal use of blasphemy and profanity.  The child of God has no excuse, no justification, for watching such things.

  Besides all that has been said above, there is another point to be made: what constitutes heroism in our eyes?  Is the “hero” of the movie a true hero?  Is it heroic to do what he does?  To kill, to hate, to lust?  In the life of our Lord upon the earth, we see true heroism.  Yet He was the very opposite of the so-called “heroes” of Hollywood.

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