Violent, Lustful, and Worldly Movies


Violent, Lustful, and Worldly Movies

Richard Hollerman

Our age is characterized by traits that defy the holy and right ways of God. It would seem that Hollywood is determined to lead this nation astray with its raunchy, wicked, and lustful fare. Satan has sent his demonic host into the world to fight against the right ways of God and one of their prime means of influence is the perverse Hollywood film. As John reminds us, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).

We understand that the Hollywood movie industry regulated itself in the 1930s and beyond, but in time this loosened so that more and more perverse films were released. Today R-Rated movies are standard and even “family” movies are not considered “safe” by Christian standards. X-Rated movies are the lowest of the low.

For some years, conservative professing Christians opposed the Movie Theater because of its worldly entertainment.  I have such books as              in my library, and I developed a thick folder with articles and tracts in opposition to the movie industry.  However, in the early 1950s television was introduced to the world and along with this came Hollywood movies. At first, many religious people opposed the TV but in time they came to not only accept the Movie Theater but also the TV.

We would not claim that every movie is equally offensive to the Christian’s taste for some may have a positive message.  (However, even these do suffer with negative features.) But it would seem that most movies coming from Hollywood are exceedingly disgusting and offensive to Christian morals and lifestyles.

Each Friday the newspaper lists a number of new movies that are released to the public and these are rated for the benefit of the readers. Let me list a number of these current movies along with the way that they are rated by the newspaper. We do this to show the extent to which movies evidence ungodliness and unrighteousness:

Running on:  R (strong language, sexual content)

Blue Caprice: R (disturbing violent content, strong language and brief drug use)

Pulling Strings: PG (mild language, brief smoking)

Blue Jasmine: PG-13 (mature thematic material, profanity and sexual content)

Lovelace: R (strong sexual content, nudity, strong language, domestic violence, drug use)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: R (violence)

Scenic Route: R (strong language, violence, a scene of sexuality)

The World’s End: R (pervasive strong language, including sexual references)

In a World: R (profanity, including sexual references)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: PG-13 (intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, suggestive content)

You’re Next: R (strong bloody violence, strong language and sexuality/nudity).

The Grandmaster: PG-13 (violence, smoking, brief drug use, strong language)

The Hunt: R (sexual content including a graphic image, violence, strong language)

Passion: R (sexual content, strong language and violence)

Getaway: PG-13 (intense action, violence, mayhem, rude gestures, strong language)

Bounty Killer: R (strong bloody violence, strong language, sexuality/nudity)

Short Term 12: R (strong language, brief sexuality)

Afternoon Delight: R (strong, sometimes graphic sexual content; strong language, drug use)

Riddick: R (strong violence, strong language, sexual content/nudity)

This is the End: R (crude and sexual content, brief graphic nudity, strong language, drug use, violence)

A Single Shot: R (strong language, violence, nudity, sexual situation, brief drug use)

Prisoners: R (disturbing violent content including torture, strong language throughout)

The Family: R (violence, strong language, brief sexuality)

Jane Mansfield’s Car: R (strong language, sexual content, nudity, drug use, bloody images)

The Patience Stone: R (sexual content, violence, strong language)

Sweetwater: R (strong violence, strong language, sexual content, graphic nudity)

Escape from Tomorrow: Unrated (violence, sex, nudity, strong language)

We Are What We Are: R (disturbing violence, bloody images, sexuality, nudity, strong language

This is probably sufficient to make a point. (Maybe it has been too much!) The point is this: Hollywood movies are filled with violence, sexuality, bad language, and other forms of evil. It partakes of the worst forms of the world.

In light of this, we would ask you to consider these points:

1.    Would Jesus go to these kinds of worldly movies? (1 John 2:3-6; 1 Peter 3:21)

2.    Would Paul the apostle go to such movies? (1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 4:9)

3.    Would these movies be characterized by what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute? (Philippians 4:8)

4.    Would viewing these movies foster pure, godly, and righteous thoughts and actions? (1 Timothy 6:11)

5.    Would such movies tend to feed “fleshly lusts” that “wage war against the soul”? (1 Peter 2:11)

6.    Would going to such movies provide a good example to other believers or unbelievers? (1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7)

These are weighty reasons to keep us from exposing our minds to trashy and wicked movies.  Paul the apostle says that we are not to “be conformed to this world” but we are to be “transformed by the renewing” of our mind (Romans 12:2). Our minds are to be renewed by that which is good, true, pure, and righteous. Especially the Word of God is to work in our minds to make us more like Christ in our thinking (1 Corinthians 2:16).

Some people claim that the world is wicked, thus these movies only reflect what society is already like.  They say that we need to be exposed to that which is “realistic” in a fallen world. It is true that we can’t completely separate ourselves from the world for, as Paul said, we “would have to go out of the world” (1 Corinthians 5:10). It is true that when we walk through this world, we may see, hear and experience certain things that are not edifying and may be wrong. However, as we do this, we don’t partake of the sins themselves and seek to insulate ourselves from the base elements of society around us (cf. 1 Peter 4:1-5). We need to be very careful what our eyes and ears are exposed to, particularly in the form of Hollywood movies. As the song that little children sing would put it:

Be careful little eyes what you see;

Be careful little eyes what you see;

For the Father up above is looking down with tender love;

Be careful little eyes what you see!

 

 

 

 

 

   

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