Is it OK for Christians to go to the movies?

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“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” (Philippians 4:8).

As a general guideline, the Bible in Philippians 4, gives us a standard by which we can judge what we should see and hear. And 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 evil, violence and immorality (Matthew 5:22, 28).

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 saw 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).

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).

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

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