It's Friday night, and the popcorn is ready; you are plopping onto the couch with the family for a movie, but you hesitate. What should you watch that will be a good family-friendly movie? There is a challenge in choosing a modern movie; even family films these days are getting a bit risqué.
As Christians, we are encouraged to guard ourselves from the evils of this world, ("More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it." Proverbs 4:23 CEB) Which means that we need to take into careful consideration what we are absorbing, how it will affect us, and what our points of weakness are in this area. We need to make discerned decisions about what we turn on when we sit in front of the screen.
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Home Entertainment is Challenging
There is no more need for last minute trips to the video store, or setting your schedule around the cable channels. Everything you could ever need can be streamed right into your home these days. In an article by Jonathan Parnell, he writes about the booming film industry and how Netflix "leads the race as the top online streaming service, provides more than 10,000 movie options for its 40 million subscribers - and it's flanked by formidable competitors like Hulu Plus, Redbox, and Amazon Prime."
With this huge market of emerging entertainment providers, there are so many ways to have the widest selection of movies ever imagined available right in your home. The downside that comes with that is the never-ending parade of violence, nudity, profanity, and immorality prolific in so many secular movies.
According to Parnell, there are just some movies that "should be out of the question, and for those on the bubble, we know best how certain things affect us. We know where we are weak. Sacrificing our serenity of mind - or mental purity - is not worth a few minutes of supposed entertainment."
Choosing the Correct Impact
It is easy to excuse, or to choose to ignore the negative messages in movies, but at the end of the day they are something you have let live in your mind.
King David writes in the Psalms, "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me." (Psalm 101:3) It is in doing so that we emulate Christ, and by emulating Christ, we are following the path of righteousness as God intended.
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So What's a Family to do?
Pick an alternative. Choose family-friendly movies based on merit, rather than popularity. Explore the realm of wholesome and inspirational messages at PureFlix.com. You can watch thousands of Christian movies for free with thier free month trial. Set the example for your children that there is no greater goal in life than following the will of God - even if it means missing this summer's blockbuster. We can not hide away from the world we have been asked to love, but we can choose what we let live in our minds, in our hearts, and in our homes.