Does your family watch movies? If so, do you watch them “Christianly”? That is, do you watch films using Biblical discernment? Contrary to the practices of some, this does not simply mean that you check for a “G” rating and then head on over to the local cinema. I am asking if you dig a little deeper (even beyond the clearly obvious checklist of “no strong language, no nudity, no sex”) and view even the so-called “safe”, family-friendly movies with a discerning and engaged mind – thinking actively, deeply and prayerfully about the worldviews you and your children may be ingesting along with your popcorn as you enjoy a family movie night.
Do you know how to do this? Sadly, many do not and others just don’t care to. Neither is a valid excuse. The Bible calls Christians to be wise and constantly discerning, as seen here:
But solid food is forthe mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)
The embedded video below featuring guest host Michael Minkoff is a great introduction to the concept of Biblical discernment as it relates to movies. This video was created and produced by a couple of guys who started the Christian movie review site Movieology, a video blog affiliated with American Vision that is dedicated to “engaging the spectacular world of movies from a bedrock of biblical truth”. I think this is a much needed service to the Christian community and they are doing a fantastic job.
I throughly enjoyed watching and hearing Michael’s comments below and I hope you do as well. I pray that as we homeschool our children, we will not only teach them raw facts (which is important), but also the ability to study the Scriptures, learn true wisdom and apply this Godly wisdom in a discerning fashion to not only movies, but to all of life.
(By the way, if you enjoyed what Michael Minkoff had to say in this episode, you may want to view a prior Movielogy episode where he argues that in order to engage culture for Christ, Christians should be watching secular films! Whether you agree or disagree, it is worth watching.)