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.