Christian vs. Secular Movies
Now, don’t misunderstand me, I love that Christians make Bible studies for others that choose to watch secular films and we should bring the attention to others even through secular film. God can bring people to Him through any means…that is solely because of the Holy Spirit and in spite of the things that we do that disagree with His Word and will.
I Peter 2:9 – But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
What does it mean to be peculiar? Here are some definitions:
- Appropriate; belonging to a person and to him only.
- Singular; particular.
- Belonging to a nation,system or other thing, and not to others.
- Interesting, don’t you think? God wants us to belong ONLY to HIM! He is first.
- He wants us to be singular – focused on Him, becoming like Him in character, and revealing Him and His Word to others.
- We belong, as the people of God, to Him, His Ways and NOT to the world
I John 2:15, 16 – Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Just like the picture is shown above – one group is on one side – a nice representation of God’s peculiar people vs. the World, who is pictured on the other side.
That does NOT mean we don’t love them, witness to them, and bring them over to God’s side. That is the entire purpose for our existence.
What gets a little fuzzy nowadays is a direct result of continued compromise on our part, as Christians.
We have all seen the trends of Christian churches become more liberal, more relaxed with a good motive…to bring people into the Church, especially the youth. The problem with this is that it’s against God’s Word and principles. He is very clear we are to follow Him and His ways 100%, there is to be no compromise.
But instead we are still hearing the Devil, the Serpent, saying, “Ye shall not surely die.” Key word is surely. He constantly tells us in our ears that surely God didn’t mean that, surely God isn’t that strict, surely a loving God wouldn’t do that…
The end result of compromise is corruption and spiritual death. The true result of true Christianity is found in II Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Why don’t we see much persecution, TRUE persecution in America? The answer is painfully obvious – we aren’t living godly lives, we aren’t being the ambassadors He’s called us to be. We are Laodicean, lukewarm, just like the church found in Revelation 3:14-22.
So what’s the big deal anyway with secular movies or what I like to call trash TV? (Trash TV are those sensual comedies or shows that show absolutely no respect for each other, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, bosses, and the list goes on.)
Ever heard the verses about NOT being unequally yoked, or what has light to do with darkness? How does secular trash fit into God’s plan?
Have you ever read the epistles? Galatians and Ephesians and Colossians especially gives you a clear picture of what is holy and what is not. II Timothy 3 gives us a clear picture of what the last days will be found in the church, note the word IN. This list is referring to professed Christians.
Let’s just list what it says so you can compare it to what is being watched today by some of God’s people.
- lovers of our own selves
- disobedient to parents
- without natural affection
- trucebreakers (Not being men/women/children of our word)
- false accusers
- incontinent (uncontrolled passion)
- despisers of those that are good
- heady (reckless)
- lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God
And the last part of the verse says…Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
If the movies we watch are feeding our carnal nature, it’s time to make a decision.
It should stand to reason that just by the term Christian Movies it should be a safe movie to watch. CFDb describes a Christian Movie as a movie that shows a need for God, gives God to glory in some way, or is a call to action for the Church. Either way it SHOULD be a safe place, but it’s not, for the same reason as above…compromise.
Jesus Himself said, And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32 – Jesus was lifted up on the cross literally and was lifted up into the Heavens and intercedes for us…but the truth is, when we lift up Jesus in every aspect of our lives, people are drawn to Him and that is what we should strive for in our Christian films.
Christian movies are to glorify God, just as we, as Christians, are to glorify God in our everyday lives. I Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
We long to see every Christian Film lead people to Jesus or strengthen the walk of the believer. Two worthwhile aspirations!
What about Family Friendly films? I suggest watching, ‘Time Changer‘, which is a film that really made me think. A discussion Roger and I have often is about this subject. CFDb doesn’t list family friendly films (there may be a few on there that were marketed to Christians, but we will be removing those as well). The problem with family friendly is that it can lead you to want to live a better life, but if it’s not because of Jesus, you’re still lost at the end of the day. That’s really upsetting to me.
Let’s take Disney for example – a company, which isn’t shy about promoting witchcraft, which the Bible forbids. The main theme continually throughout Disney films tend to lead towards “Follow your heart” and the knight in shining armor. A little conflict, then you fall in love and no problems whatsoever “happily ever after”. This had led MANY into what they call the cinderella complex. I was one of those led into that trap myself. I assure you, this was satan’s doing and nothing to do with God.
Let’s not forget Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Reality for young girls is completely backwards when watching these films and TV shows and secular movies. I HOPE they aren’t misled by Christians movies at all. That is where the family should be going for safety, after the Bible of course.
Oh and romance movies…wow…talk about destroying women’s minds in particular, they are like soap operas and very damaging to our brains. I would almost say that romance movies are to woman what pornography is to men. I had a relative share that thought with me and it made sense. Think about it for awhile before you disagree.
This is one of the most difficult topics to address because we’re dealing with addictions. If you don’t think TV or Movies can be an addiction, just stop ALL TV/MOVIES for 1 week and see how you do. It truly is an addiction and for most people, has replaced Bible study and prayer and quality time with their own families. I recently wrote some more comments about this fact and how we should bring family worship time at the bottom of this article.
This is an area I’ve been convicted on for MANY years 10+. The original conviction came through Exodus 34:12-14 – Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee. But ye shall destroy their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
If we have any questions as to Who God is, just check Exodus chapter 20, where He gives us His 10 commandments. He wrote them with His own finger on stone:
- No other Gods before Him
- No bowing down before graven images
- No taking the Lord’s name in vain
- Remember the Sabbath day, six days labor, 7th day rest.
- Honor thy father and mother
- No killing
- No committing adultery
- No stealing
- No bearing false witness (lying)
- No coveting
Are the films we are promoting breaking these commandments? If they are, it’s time for us to question what we want to promote.
Let’s make a commitment to support the Christian Moves that really honor Christ and His Word. Let’s dedication ourselves 100% to Him and His will. We all know how powerful movies are. We remember quotes and scenes from movies we watched over 15 years ago, but can barely remember what we had for breakfast.
For films that CFDb Recommends, here is a partial list of them, we’re still working on it! There is a film coming out later this year that needs sponsorship to come to the theaters. If you, or your church would like to learn more, please check out ‘A Matter of Faith‘. The filmmaker, Rich Christiano, also made ‘Time Changer’ the film I recommended earlier. CFDb had the pleasure of interviewing him last month and he talked more about ‘A Matter of Faith’ and Christian movies in general.
Take the time to pray over this issue and ask God what He would like you to be watching, or creating that would bring glory to Him.
If you have some great Christian Film Content for the CFDb blog, contact us.