Sunday, January 14, 2007

I Must Say . . .

I have been sorely disappointed tonight. Nothing my family or friends have done - everything's ok. It's what I saw in the comments of a blog that I enjoy every now and then, mainly because the blogger has a writing style that I really enjoy. She is a Christian, although a bit more liberal than I am. Quite a bit, actually. But I enjoy her blog, so I go and read a bit occasionally. I won't mention her name, because this post isn't about her, but about the comments on today's post.

This blogger asked for movie recommendations, as she's just joined NetFlix and wanted some good movies to watch. I thought there might be some good suggestions, so I browsed some of the comments. I had heard of a few of them, but I wasn't sure how decent they were, so I went over to my favorite place to see whether a movie is decent enough to watch, Kids-in-Mind. This site gives movie reviews and has a rating system that lets you know how much sex/nudity, violence, and profanity are in the movie. It gives detailed descriptions of each possibly offensive instance, right down to the number of profane words and the type that they are. I looked up the first movie mentioned and was shocked to find that this movie scored higher (scale of 1-10, 10 being worst) on the sex/nudity than on violence and profanity, although those were high enough to stop me from watching it. The descriptions clearly detailed each offensive scene. One commentor even warned that there was "some nudity" in one movie, so the blogger should make sure no little eyes were around when she watched it. When I checked on that movie, I was absolutely appalled, even a little bit angry, that that movie was even suggested. Out of dozens of movies recommended, only a handful were worth considering. This is the state of Christianity in North America? An openly Christian woman asks for movie recommendations, and she gets mostly movies with R ratings?

We watch some TV and we get movies from the library and occasionally we'll buy one that we find is good enough to watch. I'm not against watching TV or movies. But I have a hard time believing that the movie descriptions I read tonight are standard fare for people who profess Christianity. Is it any wonder that men struggle with temptation, when they're watching these movies? Or worse yet, their wives are bringing them home and giving them to their husbands! These same women would be devastated - or enraged - if they found their husbands watching similar scenes on some sleazy internet site or looking at them in a magazine, yet they bring it home and offer it to their husbands. Kind of sounds a bit like Eve: ". . . and gave unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Several times I read that one particular movie was so romantic, the best movie they'd ever seen, but the description of that movie revealed scenes that I would never want my husband or teenaged boys to see. And is it any wonder that many people's everyday conversation is littered with profanity?

It's discouraging. Churches are filled with people who live no differently than the unsaved people around them. They have very low standards of what they'll watch or listen to. They come to Jesus as they are, and they go away unchanged. Jesus does indeed accept us as we are, but He changes us. We learn to have high standards for what we watch or read or listen to, not to be snobbish prudes, but to please Him and try to live a clean life, even to our deepest thoughts. I don't even know how to end this. I was just really shocked and saddened that the most popular movies were also the ones filled with profanity and ungodly scenes.

29 comments:

  1. I have to agree with ya. I'd rather watch the old time wovies like on TCM & AMC etc. I tend to watch alot of old 50's ,60's & 70's shows, church programs & old movies cuz they are so much better than the current junk.

    We don't go to movies much due to that plus having trouble affording. We did see a Jannette Oke movie awhile back. Went to the matinee cuz it was cheaper. It was so good. I saw a movie advertised called The Good Shepherd & wondered by the title if it was Christian. I looked it up & it appeared to be a violent mobter type movoe & R rated. Sure ain't our Good Shepherd.

    Yesterday at church our preacher was gone cuz his oldest boy had come back to NC from Iraq & he had to go see him while we could. So one of our old past preachers who used to be a preacher at our church, Mr Good preached. Ya'll would've loved him. He talked about being not of this world. He said in Canada preachers can't even preach against being gay without being in trouble for a hate crime & he thinks it could get this way over here. I thought of you guys & hope they never stop ya'll from preaching what you want. I'm a little more modern than you guys are like I'll wear slacks or listen to more modern music but it's only 50's, 60's & 70's stuff & not the current stuff. I can't stand current pop music cuz it's nothing but a bunch of noise & Godless. I've been in stores & heard songs coming over the pa system with cuss words in them & I wondered how those got by the censors.

    Anyway back to Rev Goods sermon, yesterday I heard a preacher on tv talking about some of the same stuff Rev Good was talking about & they were really good. May God be with ya'll as you spread the truth up there. Sorry to ramble on so long but it was nice seeing Mr Good again... :)

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  2. I have to agree with ya. I'd rather watch the old time wovies like on TCM & AMC etc. I tend to watch alot of old 50's ,60's & 70's shows, church programs & old movies cuz they are so much better than the current junk.

    We don't go to movies much due to that plus having trouble affording. We did see a Jannette Oke movie awhile back. Went to the matinee cuz it was cheaper. It was so good. I saw a movie advertised called The Good Shepherd & wondered by the title if it was Christian. I looked it up & it appeared to be a violent mobter type movoe & R rated. Sure ain't our Good Shepherd.

    Yesterday at church our preacher was gone cuz his oldest boy had come back to NC from Iraq & he had to go see him while we could. So one of our old past preachers who used to be a preacher at our church, Mr Good preached. Ya'll would've loved him. He talked about being not of this world. He said in Canada preachers can't even preach against being gay without being in trouble for a hate crime & he thinks it could get this way over here. I thought of you guys & hope they never stop ya'll from preaching what you want. I'm a little more modern than you guys are like I'll wear slacks or listen to more modern music but it's only 50's, 60's & 70's stuff & not the current stuff. I can't stand current pop music cuz it's nothing but a bunch of noise & Godless. I've been in stores & heard songs coming over the pa system with cuss words in them & I wondered how those got by the censors.

    Anyway back to Rev Goods sermon, yesterday I heard a preacher on tv talking about some of the same stuff Rev Good was talking about & they were really good. May God be with ya'll as you spread the truth up there. Sorry to ramble on so long but it was nice seeing Mr Good again... :)

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  3. I have to agree with ya. I'd rather watch the old time wovies like on TCM & AMC etc. I tend to watch alot of old 50's ,60's & 70's shows, church programs & old movies cuz they are so much better than the current junk.

    We don't go to movies much due to that plus having trouble affording. We did see a Jannette Oke movie awhile back. Went to the matinee cuz it was cheaper. It was so good. I saw a movie advertised called The Good Shepherd & wondered by the title if it was Christian. I looked it up & it appeared to be a violent mobter type movoe & R rated. Sure ain't our Good Shepherd.

    Yesterday at church our preacher was gone cuz his oldest boy had come back to NC from Iraq & he had to go see him while we could. So one of our old past preachers who used to be a preacher at our church, Mr Good preached. Ya'll would've loved him. He talked about being not of this world. He said in Canada preachers can't even preach against being gay without being in trouble for a hate crime & he thinks it could get this way over here. I thought of you guys & hope they never stop ya'll from preaching what you want. I'm a little more modern than you guys are like I'll wear slacks or listen to more modern music but it's only 50's, 60's & 70's stuff & not the current stuff. I can't stand current pop music cuz it's nothing but a bunch of noise & Godless. I've been in stores & heard songs coming over the pa system with cuss words in them & I wondered how those got by the censors.

    Anyway back to Rev Goods sermon, yesterday I heard a preacher on tv talking about some of the same stuff Rev Good was talking about & they were really good. May God be with ya'll as you spread the truth up there. Sorry to ramble on so long but it was nice seeing Mr Good again... :)

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  4. I have to agree with ya. I'd rather watch the old time wovies like on TCM & AMC etc. I tend to watch alot of old 50's ,60's & 70's shows, church programs & old movies cuz they are so much better than the current junk.

    We don't go to movies much due to that plus having trouble affording. We did see a Jannette Oke movie awhile back. Went to the matinee cuz it was cheaper. It was so good. I saw a movie advertised called The Good Shepherd & wondered by the title if it was Christian. I looked it up & it appeared to be a violent mobter type movoe & R rated. Sure ain't our Good Shepherd.

    Yesterday at church our preacher was gone cuz his oldest boy had come back to NC from Iraq & he had to go see him while we could. So one of our old past preachers who used to be a preacher at our church, Mr Good preached. Ya'll would've loved him. He talked about being not of this world. He said in Canada preachers can't even preach against being gay without being in trouble for a hate crime & he thinks it could get this way over here. I thought of you guys & hope they never stop ya'll from preaching what you want. I'm a little more modern than you guys are like I'll wear slacks or listen to more modern music but it's only 50's, 60's & 70's stuff & not the current stuff. I can't stand current pop music cuz it's nothing but a bunch of noise & Godless. I've been in stores & heard songs coming over the pa system with cuss words in them & I wondered how those got by the censors.

    Anyway back to Rev Goods sermon, yesterday I heard a preacher on tv talking about some of the same stuff Rev Good was talking about & they were really good. May God be with ya'll as you spread the truth up there. Sorry to ramble on so long but it was nice seeing Mr Good again... :)

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  5. Oops, my post posted several times for some odd reason. I have no idea how to remove the duplicates. Sorry about that. Feel free to remove the duplicates...

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  6. Oops, my post posted several times for some odd reason. I have no idea how to remove the duplicates. Sorry about that. Feel free to remove the duplicates...

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  7. Right there with you.

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  8. I never watch TV full stop. As a wonderful preacher once said to me "it's like an open sewer in the living room".

    Movies: well most of the time I find I watch movies aimed at children - and even those are getting much less innocent. I am often shocked at what is deemed suitable for children under 12.

    I personally find violence more offensive than nudity. I'm not condoning nudity, but at least the human body is a creation of God. Violence is a depraved distortion of God's plan for us and is, imo, far more harmful to watch.

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  9. Susan, Susan...I SO agree with this post. It's bad enough that the movies these days are atrocious, but the fact that Christians are watching them is the thing that is so hard for me to believe. I've read some blogs, too, that the Christian blogger will say she saw a certain movie but she wasn't pleased with this or that and could have done without certain words in it. And yet she stayed to watch it.

    I guess I can't understand how you can make Christ the Lord of your life but then make exceptions with books and movies when the scenes and words in either of these are definitely not pleasing to the Lord. It doesn't seem to add up.

    I may be really old-fashioned but it doesn't take much for me to say Enough! Outta here!

    I appreciate your heart attitude!

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  10. Oh, have you hit a hot button with me. I have been disappointed so often by recommendations for books and movies by Christians (especially online).

    I now have a few people who I've known online for years (since the 1990s) that I will trust.

    We watched The Devil Wears Prada recently. My son had seen it at the movies. The opening scene has women in their underwear (which really is the worst scene in the entire movie). My son told me everyone he saw the movie with figured they put that in the opening scene to keep the teenage boys there, hoping for something even worse.

    How sad...

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  11. I am pleased to come across your post today. I have been so convicted lately about things I allow myself to watch. All the while being careful about what my children are watching, I have allowed myself to watch things on tv or in movies at times that I know are things my God finds offensive or foolish. How easy it is to compromise with something like this because it is,sadly,a part of an otherwise nice show that I enjoy. So much of these things can sneak up on you in a commercial that has nothing to do with the show your watching, and you'd think! would not be aired along with it. I am feeling quite convicted this New Year to be all the More Diligent about what I allow MYself to see...

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  12. Hmmm, I was going to say something, but I think I'll do it as a post. LOL However, I do agree with you. There are so many things that television, books, and the Internet bring into our homes. We must keep our EYES on the Lord.

    ~Kristi

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  13. To be honest with you, we don't have television and we don't watch more than 3 or 4 old "super G" films in a year. I do watch the news though at the gym, and I am amazed at how comfortable our world (even Christian world) is with things that made EVERYONE in the world uncomfortable a mere 50 years ago!

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  14. Amen, amen, amen!! We too have a hard time finding something decent to watch and there have even been a recommendation or 2 from like-minded Christians that we had to turn off before it was over. The Love Comes Softly is one in particular. How embarrassing it was to have to turn it off during the "washing" scene with my dad and 3 brothers in the room! Many people have raved about those movies, but I must say that that one was NOT acceptable for male viewing.

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  15. I'm with you 100% on this subject. It has been on my mind a lot lately since I've been surfing through some Christian blogs and have noticed some of their favorite movies. I've actually been praying and asking the Lord to help me in posting on my blog about this. I want to come across as Paul did when he lovingly reproved Christians. I'll probably work on it today and if I finish it will post it later this evening. If not, maybe post tomorrow.

    Your post today and the comments have encouraged me to speak out.

    Thank you!

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  16. I so agree with you!! :)

    I've been saddened recently because I've seen "Christian" blogs have ads for Planned Parenthood (since they support abortion) and links to other very offensive blogs under the name of "advertizing". I don't care how much money I earned, I would never allow such ads on my blog. I try my best not to even link to a blog that has those sorts of links. It makes me sad, because Christians are doing this.

    Oh, wait... not every Christian thinks like we do. I guess I forget that sometimes, when something is so clearly sin in my mind!! :)

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  17. Just wanted to say I finished my post on this subject. Please stop by and take a look and feel free to comment. There is so much more to be said, but I have to go prepare supper. I think it should get some people to thinking, (I hope!) :-)

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  18. Susan, excellent post! I agree wholeheartedly!

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  19. If we are what we eat are we not what we watch even when we are at home behind closed doors ? What we allow into our brains affects us. We have to protect ourselves because it is amazing what is allowed on TV.
    I admit to watching some things that surely did not do a thing for me. There is alot out there.

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  20. If we are what we eat are we not what we watch even when we are at home behind closed doors ? What we allow into our brains affects us. We have to protect ourselves because it is amazing what is allowed on TV.
    I admit to watching some things that surely did not do a thing for me. There is alot out there.

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  21. If we are what we eat are we not what we watch even when we are at home behind closed doors ? What we allow into our brains affects us. We have to protect ourselves because it is amazing what is allowed on TV.
    I admit to watching some things that surely did not do a thing for me. There is alot out there.

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  22. Our home has been T.V.-free for over a year, and I'm soooo glad!

    Guarding our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds is a constant battle. I remember reading a quote in a book about a prayer to write out and post above the T.V. I'll see if I can find it and post it.

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  23. Amen Susan! There you go again provoking us to love and to good works.
    I think Christians assume that because God is blessing, they are fine with Him, and they don't have to worry about keeping their lives pure. So they allow all kinds of worldly gunk in. It's an easy trap to fall into, but when God is looking for a vessel that He can use, He doesn't reach for the ones filled with the filth of the world. He won't pour Himself into that vessel, and that person will never see the power of God flowing through them.
    Thank you for a good reminder.

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  24. I agree with you totally. I also find it shocking when I hear about Christians that are watching some of the TV shows that are on prime time i.e., Desperate Housewives, etc. That just baffles me as to how they can subject themselves to such garbage.

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  25. I don't watch stuff like Desperate Housewives so I am clueless as to what they are about. I have noticed one thing on tv that disturbs me. On some of the channels even between good family shows they keep showing this ad for this medicine for male problems if ya know what I mean. That bothers me because it is not only inappropriate but some young kid could be watching that & wonder what it was. Then the kids ask mom or dad what it is. I miss the days when Jane Russell when advertising bras would wear hers over a turtleneck. Sorry to rant on but that ad so bothers me...

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  26. What a great and BOLD post Susan! Amen!!

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  27. Anonymous6:21 AM

    I also agree with you. How about the commercials? I try to watch the cooking channel and get so upset over the commercials. Last week one commercial was for a gay women's movie, showing kissing scenes!! The sound level was much louder than the program also. I try to mute commercials or turn to a music channel but sometimes can't get to the remote fast enough. Also diet commercials are very distrubing, always showing bathing attire and making false claims. How can they get away with that? Don't they have
    censors for commercials also? Can we get a "grassroots" movement going to ban these offensive commercials and programs?

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