“It’s Not That Bad of a Movie…”

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“It’s not that bad of a movie…”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve either used that line or heard that line from others.  It is a subtle defense to say that the movie just seen was a bit sketchy, but it’s not as bad as other stuff out there.  Normally, someone will say, “It only had a few cuss words in it…there was only one kinda risque scene…there was only a few scenes that made it not approrpriate for children”

In following Christ, we don’t desire to see how close we can get to sin without actually touching it.  We want to see how far away we can stay from the things that God despises.

I bring that up because of the many questions I’ve personally received concerning recently released movies or bestseller novels these days.  I have had this conversation with many people lately and thought it might benefit some of you.  With recent releases, many Christians are wondering what is off limits or what is free to indulge.

Here’s a couple of helps to gague the media:

  • Would you feel comfortable watching/listening/reading that media with your pastoral staff sitting next to you?
  • Do you feel like you have to defend your choice by saying, “Well, it only had a few cuss words” etc?
  • Would you want your children, at any age in their lives, to engage with that message?


There are many more ways you can gague the praiseworthiness of certain media (Phil 4:8), but a great resource you can use is Focus on the Family’s Plugged In website.  Put together primarily for parents to screen the media their children are watching, it also serves as a great filter for stuff that adults find entertaining.

You can check out that website here: pluggedin.com.

In our time, it is going to be increasingly more difficult to remain holy (“set apart”) in a sinful culture.  Remember, that our call is not to be holier than our neighbors.  Our call is not to refrain from just the really bad stuff.  Our call is to be holy because God is holy (1 Pet. 1:16).  He is our standard in all things.

Travis Agnew


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