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Media. It’s something that surrounds us, like air. It’s something we practically inhale, like air. It’s something that we often don’t think twice about before consuming. Media is something that bombards us from each side, but what we consume can have an effect on our lives.
Take food for example. There is healthy food and there is junk food. Obviously, healthy food is healthier than the junk food. But you may know how companies advertise their food. They make it big, bold, amazing, and very attractive that it makes you wanna eat it. But does it mean that it’s good for you? Absolutely not. When you look at the ingredients, you see sugar, corn syrup, food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, some dumb chemicals, EVEN MORE HIGH FRUCTOUSE SYRUP?!?!? You may see a ball painted bright red and it looks very delicious, but it doesn’t mean it will be good for you or that you should even eat it. After consuming a ton of junk and unhealthy food, it will ultimately destroy your body.
The same goes with media. There is content available out there that is perfectly fine and there is content out there that are obvious “NO”s. (Of course, there are things in between, just like food, but we’ll get into that later.) The devil always tries to advertise sin as cool, but sin is sin and nothing changes sin. After processing so much junk for a long time, our hearts become used to it and it can lead us into sin. After American movies started to glorify sin and violence in the 1960s, the violent crime rate had practically tripled in the span of 10 years. Beware of those thorns that can choke you. Paul says that “if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1st Corinthians 10:12)
But it’s not just the glorification of sin that creates problems. It’s also the perspective that things are viewed by. As Christians, we should look at things from a Biblical perspective, or worldview.
This example may seem odd and harsh, but in order to have beef, we must kill cows. If you didn’t know, factories have their way of killing cows, but they only care about taking care of the cows quickly that the meat can actually be damaged due to the stress hormones a cow may release prior to his death. But the Jews made sure they carefully followed God’s instructions on how to properly kill the animal. If they slipped up on one step, then they had to get a new animal and start all over again! Which is better: making more money or obeying God? We should be more concerned that we are obeying God.
But now, we take our eyes off food and back to Hollywood. A movie has its roots when a screenwriter creates a script. Usually, what the screenwriter believes will me woven into the film intentionally or not. And the director picks up the script and turns it into a movie. And as a director, he is the little god of the project and what says goes. And you have a movie. Even a positive film can be flawed when lined up with the Bible. Paul warns us for us not to “give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:27) What’s more important: gratifying the lusts of the flesh or obeying the commands of God?
I will say that as a general whole, Hollywood is anti-God. An approximated 45 percent of Hollywood directors say they hold no religious belief, while only 4 percent of Americans say they don’t have any religious stance. (It really sounds like Hollywood is out of touch with their core audience.) But should we really give ear to those who claim that there is no God to those who work hard to train us in the ways of righteousness? (Ecclesiastes 9:17) Paul warns us not to be taken captive “by hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on . . . the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
While God does not directly say one movie is good and another bad, he did tell us how to live our lives and he did give us tips on how to keep our hearts pure. While some media projects may not be a clear-cut “Yes” or “No,” God did give us his guidelines, like in Philippians 4:8. While God said for us to be convinced in our minds of what is beneficial to us (Romans 14:5 & 1 Corinthians 10:23), He wants us to guard our hearts, “for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
When it comes to our media choices, we must see what God says about it. While not all the content we consume has to be Christian in nature, it shouldn’t go against the rules God has instituted. We should “avoid every kind of evil.” (1st Thessalonians 5:22) And remember what Paul said: “Do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
So keep those eyes open in the shadowlands.
Bibliography: Ray Comfort’s “Hollywood Be Thy Name”
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