Post # 1
There seems to be a lot of discussion about movies and music that Christians should and shouldn’t be entertained by. My parents were very strict when I was growing up in this area. Some say R rated movies are fine in certain instances. Others think PG 13 is starting to cross lines. I remember some parents getting mad over high school youth watching movies that were rated PG 13 at lock ins or movie nights.
Do you feel Christians have an obligation to screen entertainment choices greatly? Do you feel entertainment and Christianity should be fairly separate from each other?
Post # 3
Is it Christian or just responsible parenting? I was brought up in a highly screened and restricted home. Some of that was due to religion and some of that was just shielding us kids from the bullshit on TV.
I think my parents did what I wish more parents would do. Protect their children’s minds from trash until the kids are old enough and wise enough to make their own decisions. While I didn’t agree with it then, looking back now, I agree with their decisions. They raised 4 college educated, well adjusted children. I think there are many good ways to raise kids and I believe this is definitely one of them.
Post # 4
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@Kacey23: I think it’s way overthought and blown out of proportion. I have heard the arguments that Christians should avoid secular music, tv, movies, etc. but I just don’t really see the value in it. I think movies and tv are generally fiction and I don’t think that being Christian makes someone unable to recognize and seperate fiction from reality. I can understand avoiding some music based on lyrics and a person’s morals but entire genres of music seems a little ridiculous.
I think entertainment shown to Christian youth should be screened the same way entertainment is screened for children in general. They don’t show movies with vulgar language, excessive violence, drugs, etc. in schools so I wouldn’t expect them to be shown in churches. With that being said, I think it’s on an individual film/show basis, the Passion of the Christ is rated R but I know plenty of youth groups who have watched it. I think PG 13 is definitely allowed, if the kids go to public school or really leave their homes at any time and interact they’ll know about everything that’s in those movies.
I don’t think that screening things or sheltering kids is the answer. Teach kids about those things, teach them how to act appropriately, etc. and then when they run into those things in the real world (which will happen at some point in life) they’ll be fine.
Post # 5
@Kacey23: My parents didn’t let me watch horror movies or fantasy like Harry Potter. I ALWAYS obeyed. I didn’t ever watch a horror movie or HP film behind their backs. As I grew up the let me make my own choices slowly, trusting in the values they had taught me.
I don’t watch horror movies nor porn or very sensual stuff, but I do watch fantasy. At the end of the day is about principles. Even if you are blinded from the world but your heart is full of sin you are very wrong before God.
It is all about the heart.