The movie making industry is the church for the worldly. People faithfully show up when the next “sermon” comes out. They willingly sit for hours on end being indoctrinated by ideas proposed by Hollywood. Why? Because Hollywood knows how to tempt your lust. They know about your sinful nature, and they are real geniuses at getting your imagination going with all sorts of false ideas about life and Godliness. Movies are used to make people comfortable with ideas and concepts that ought to make the Christian cringe.
Yet today, many ‘Christians’ attend movie after movie fooling themselves into thinking that it is “just entertainment.”
Movies are designed with one (or combination) of three motives:
- Make the viewer feel divine (think serpent in the Garden of Eden)
- Show the worst so that you can make it through your life (as in horror movies)
- Tempt your lustful and sinful heart into perverted thought
If Adam and Eve chose the wrong thing when tempted by the Devil in the Garden of Eden, how proud must we be to think that we can withstand the Devil’s proposition of becoming divine?
Horror movies are typically very gruesome or violent. Niether of which are condoned by the Bible as things to fill our minds with. For the rest of the world, they are used as an escape from this life, see how bad off we don’t have it, and then we can live another day because we don’t have serial killers crawling around our houses. For the Christian, we need no such escape to give us motivation for life. Jesus gives us the purpose of life (And that is to glorify God).
The third one needs no explanation as to why it is bad for the Christian. We are inundated everyday at the grocery store (of all places) with material that tempts the lust and sinfulness of men and women. It is utterly absurd that we should seek out another venue which tempts us even further (and with much more power).
One more thing I want to say, and then I’ll be done.
Words matter. Word choice is extremely important. Nobody knows that more than the writers and movie producers at Hollywood. Every movie they have put out, every television series produced has actors and actresses saying phrases or off handed comments that undermine God and Christianity. How sad it is that a great amount of theology that some Christians hold today has been based on the movies that they watched. An even greater number of Christians have theology that, while not based entirely on movies, has been shaped extensively by them.
All under the guise of entertainment.