Most parents do care what their children are viewing on television and in the movies, but don't know where to turn for answers to their questions about the programming. Have you found yourself wondering if a certain movie release or TV sitcom is acceptable for your child? Does it promote the kinds of morals you want them to learn? Also remember that every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood "That's what I want."
Help is closer than you may think. Various publications and on-line websites can help you be informed on these issues.
One such organization is the Dove Foundation. President Dick Rolfe describes their mission:
Another resource is the subscription-based Movie Guide published by the Christian Film and TV Commission, headed by Ted Baehr.
The Dove Foundation … MovieGuide … Christian Spotlight on the Movies
Various on-line resources are also available. The most popular Christian resource is ChristianAnswers.Net's "Christian Spotlight on the Movies" (a ministry of Films for Christ). Spotlight provides "candid, concise reviews of today's movies and videos from a Christian perspective." It also includes recommendations for great family viewing and allows the user to get the information they want without long, boring, pompous commentaries. Along with providing a “Christian rating” and a “movie-making quality” rating, Spotlight also allows viewers to add their own opinions about the latest productions - allowing you to read the opinions of other Christians around the world.
Content adapted from Whatever Happened to America?
Article Version: January 30, 2020
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