The following is an article by a fellow blogger that I totally agree with! It basically says everything I’ve wanted to say in a way i never would have thought of saying it. All credit goes to Caitlin, who wrote this, and this is a link to her blog, go ahead, and check it out! Daughter of Destiny
By the way this is a continuation of the rant I started with the following post: Romantic Novels, are they really worth our time?
Think on these things
I’d like to address an issue, that I feel like has been laid upon my heart, in which I believe is crucial, in this day and age.
Movies… now before any of you exit out of this post, or un-follow me, I’d like you to hear me out.
Our family has set standards as us kids have gotten older. Yes, I’m almost 22, and yes, I’m allowed to choose which movies I watch, and yes, I’ve made some mistakes, and watched movies that I shouldn’t have seen. Sometimes, those images stay in our head, and convince our minds that it’s okay.
What bothers me, is when people go to midnight showings and watch movies that they KNOW will have “Sensual Scenes” or “F-bombs”, they say, “It’s okay, it doesn’t bother me.” or “I just ignore it.”
To be honest… you can’t just ignore it. We slowly give way to accepting what our culture watches.
At first, we may fast forward the “kissing scene…” maybe the next time, “we watch just a little bit of it”… slowly, we accept the fact, that kissing scene’s are in every movie we watch, and we little by little become okay with it.
What once was a sin to see… still is… but, we accept it now. We justify our sin. We think that we won’t be “cool”, if we don’t see the movie.
Can I ask a question?… how many of you look at reviews for movies? How many of you see what the review says, but still go anyway? You see that the movie has a couple “scenes”, but…really? Just ignore it? I’ve talked with a lot of people on this subject, and they say, “it’s realistic when they do that…” it doesn’t matter if it’s realistic or not… it’s NOT okay. We can’t justify it!!! Adam and Eve didn’t have the kind of language we have today… they didn’t call people the “S” word, or the “D” word! They might have gotten mad at each other, but…really?
You guys (gals), this is a spiritual battle! We see it everywhere today! And little by little, we’ve compromised! Little by little, we let things “slide” so to speak. It doesn’t bother you to see a man and woman getting naked in front of a T.V. screen? … it should! The Bible tells us in
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
Even if you turn your head for 5 seconds… once you’ve seen, it can destroy you! And when you go to a movie, the director’s don’t know that you “turned” your head… they think you support that movie. They don’t know if you fast-forward scenes, or use “Clear-Play” to watch movies… although it’s much safer to do that. You still support the movie. I’m not perfect! I do it too! However, I try to hard to remind myself of what Philippians 4:8, “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-mediate on these things.”
Is going to see “____”, (fill in the blank) any of these things? If not, pray and ask God for guidance. You might have grown up in a family, where it’s okay to watch whatever movie you’d like. You might have grown up in a family that would only let you watch a couple movies or no movies at all, and now you let things slide. Whatever the case may be… I ask that you PLEASE protect your mind, soul, and heart! Don’t let this world steal your mind and thoughts. I’d recommend looking at: http://www.pluggedin.com/ for a movie review. And please, don’t take me wrong… watching movies can be great and fun! … but in the end, are thoughts in your mind that shouldn’t be?! Forgive me if I’ve overstepped by boundaries. But this is one thing, I can’t let go by anymore. Thank you all, and may you be blessed! 🙂
~ Caitlin Baughman