Is it OK for Christians to go to movies?

Author: BibleAsk Team


he question of whether it’s acceptable for Christians to go to movies is one that has been debated within Christian communities for many years. It involves considerations of entertainment choices, discernment, and the influence of media on one’s spiritual life. To explore this topic thoroughly, we must examine relevant biblical principles regarding entertainment, discernment, and the avoidance of evil. Let’s delve into this topic in detail, referencing the Bible.

Understanding Entertainment Choices

Entertainment is a significant aspect of modern culture, encompassing a wide range of activities, including movies, television, music, and literature. Christians, like everyone else, engage with entertainment in various forms, seeking enjoyment, relaxation, and sometimes, edification. However, the content of entertainment media can vary widely, raising questions about its compatibility with Christian values and principles.

Discernment and Wisdom

The Bible emphasizes the importance of discernment and wisdom in all areas of life, including entertainment choices. Proverbs 4:23 admonishes, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” This verse underscores the need to guard one’s heart and mind against influences that may lead to moral compromise or spiritual harm.

As members of the body of Christ, we are to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14) and testify to others about the miracles that God has done in our lives (1 Peter 2:11-12). The Christian’s life should glorify God. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God“ (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Avoiding Evil

The scriptures teach that by beholding we get changed (2 Corinthians 3:18). Christians are to guard the avenues of their souls “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). Therefore, it’s essential to protect the mind from watching movies that present evil, violence and immorality (Matthew 5:22, 28).

Scripture also instructs believers to avoid evil and pursue what is good and pleasing to God. Romans 12:9 exhorts, “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” This principle applies to all aspects of life, including entertainment. Christians are called to be discerning consumers, avoiding media that promotes sinful behavior, immorality, or values contrary to the teachings of Scripture.

Assessing Movie Content

When considering whether it’s appropriate to go to a movie, Christians should evaluate the content of the film in light of biblical principles. Philippians 4:8 provides a helpful guideline: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Impact on Spiritual Health

Another consideration for Christians is the potential impact of movies on their spiritual health and growth. While entertainment can provide relaxation and enjoyment, it can also shape attitudes, beliefs, and values over time. Ephesians 5:15-16 urges believers, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Liberty and Conscience

To the Christian, there are many things that are permitted, but not all things are actually beneficial and uplifting (1 Corinthians 10:23). So, believers are to watch those movies that will help their relationship with the Lord to grow. A good guide to what we should watch is to ask the question: what would Jesus do?

Even when there is a good movie, we should be careful not to be a bad example to others. If a new convert sees his Christian brother at the theaters, he may think it’s OK to see any movie regardless of it’s content. This can be a stumbling block to him, especially, if he is struggling with an action or habit that is weakening his walk with the Lord (Romans 14:3).

Conclusion

In conclusion, the question of whether it’s acceptable for Christians to go to movies involves careful discernment and consideration of biblical principles. While entertainment can be a source of enjoyment and relaxation, Christians are called to avoid evil and pursue what is good, true, and pleasing to God. Each believer must prayerfully evaluate entertainment choices, considering the content of the media and its potential impact on their spiritual health and growth. Ultimately, Christians are called to exercise wisdom, discernment, and love in all areas of life, including their choices in entertainment.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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