“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” —Proverbs 4:23
“The values of both children and their parents are shaped by the cultural air they breathe. The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley said that poets are the true legislators of the world, and the same today could be said of rock stars, TV producers, filmmakers, and journalists, all of whom have more influence on people’s lives and people’s thoughts than an army of politicians.” —Gene Edward Veith, World magazine
What’s Your Vote? Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want. Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem? Answer
Why is there a disconnect between Hollywood and the rest of America?
What is being done to change the values of Hollywood?
Do you feel like the only thing you can do for Hollywood is condemn it? Thankfully, not all Christians feel this way. Find out what others are doing, and what you can do, to help change the values of the values-changers!
VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence on TV or movies affect the family?
How violent is your living room? Violence continues to escalate to staggering amounts in society today. Be sure you are reinforcing the right kind of messages in your home. What your children see on TV impacts how they look at the world.
Entertainment Media—does it lead or follow society?
Over 6 hours a day are spent by the average American family either watching movies, television or videos. This has to affect the average American somehow. So who’s leading who?
TV viewing—Should I be concerned about our family’s viewing habits?
By the age of 6, the average American child will have spent more time watching television than he will spend speaking to his parents in an entire lifetime! Are you wasting opportunities to teach your children proper values—and to choose the good and reject the bad in their entertainment choices? The typical heads of families are not managing the “25-inch sewer pipe” into their home.
How much TV is too much TV?
Many adults feel that TV won’t have a negative impact on their children, or on themselves. But what are the facts about today’s TV generation?
No, the MPAA makes no effort to comply with God’s standards or purposes. Far too many Christians naively rely on MPAA ratings in choosing movies for themselves and their children—and make some bad choices in the process. That is why Christian Spotlight reviews are so necessary. Brothers and sisters in Christ, please don’t rush out to theaters without taking at least a little time to consult Bible-believing followers of Christ who have seen the the movie’s content and discovered its actual contents. Even “G” and “PG” movies may promote content, attitudes or worldviews that are contrary to God’s Word. Find out in advance what is involved. Do you want to be worldly or Godly? Do you want to financially support good content or misleading and bad content that is helping make our world worse?
It takes particularly careful Biblical discernment for our reviewers to sort through the many movies that mix good content with godless worldviews and sinful behavior. The Great Deceiver and his allies know how to appear to be angels of light and goodness to more effectively seduce souls to their ultimate destruction. And he often uses human desire for fun and pleasure as a lure.
Keep in mind that the MPAA is not a Christian or Bible-based organization in any way; it is totally secular. They give no regard to the changeless Word of God in their ratings. The age appropriateness boundary lines they draw are clearly changing along with perceived societal “norms”—or politically correct views. Movies with very heavy and terrible violence are receiving “PG-13” ratings. Homosexuality is accepted in PG films. Heavy sexual immorality (fornication, promiscuity and rather strong homosexuality) are increasingly rated “PG-13, rather than “R” or “NC-17.” The line between “PG-13” and “R” is continually being probed and pushed in the wrong direction.
An increasing number of SECULAR “PG-13” movies revel in immorality, wicked behavior, merciless violence, angry revenge, lust, perversion, profanity and totally godless thinking. Some producers include as much of this content as they possibly can without totally crossing that somewhat fuzzy line into the “R” category—primarily because distributors’ know that keeping it “PG-13” significantly increases a movie’s profitability potential in the USA.
Bottom-line: Don’t make your choices based on MPAA ratings, consult trusted Bible-believing followers of Christ, and compare what they say with the Bible.
The first question should be what specific type of mature content is involved and why. Without details, the designation of “PG-13” alone tells us NOTHING about the relative morality or sinfulness of a movie. According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), a “PG-13” rating simply notifies parents that “SOME material MAY be INAPPROPRIATE for children under 13” (that is, 12 years old and younger). A “PG-13” rating is not meant to imply anything morally negative (or positive); it is not a moral judgment—the MPAA is not trying to make morality judgments—nor are they qualified to do so. They deal with age appropriateness guidelines for current American culture, not morality.
Assuming that the mature content is handled very carefully and is included for legitimate and wise reasons, and is in no way salacious, gratuitous, or profane, a PG-13 rating should not be construed as an automatic black mark on a Christian production.
There are some very moral and praiseworthy “PG-13” films—both Christian and secular. The Christian movie “Courageous” that depicted policemen was listed as PG-13 “for some violence and drug content”—both mild and legitimate. “Fireproof” was PG-13 “for thematic material and some peril”—the issue being a possible divorce and a sexually-related sin issue—all handled tastefully. The depiction of some of the details of our Savior’s death in “The Passion of the Christ” brought an R-rating. There are various historical records in the Bible that might be considered “PG-13” or even ”R,” due to their honest mention of various examples of human depravity and Divine judgment. Yet, these stories are meant by God to be read, told and shared so that we may all understand mankind’s true ungodly and sinful nature and better understand our urgent need for the Savior, lest we be separated forever from our Creator.
WISE MOVIE CHOICES—What Christian resources are available to help me choose good movies? Answer
Ignorance is no longer an excuse! Learn where you can turn for honest, accurate information on today’s entertainment. Don’t miss this guide that gives you the ability to be a true leader in your family media entertainment.
Movies for Therapy—What films do you suggest?
Films can open up dialogue and be therapeutic—helping people see issues, themselves, or others in a new light. Check out this unique list on numerous topics.
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Death by Silence—What can we do to make sure this doesn’t happen to Christian film? by Douglas Downs
The Disconnect Between Hollywood and America by “Wheel of Fortune’s” Pat Sajak
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