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Growing up, we were never allowed to watch movies with a PG-13 rating, but I allowed myself to indulge in the temptation as an adult. Several years ago I was invited to watch a PG-13 movie with a friend. A few times during that movie my spirit-man cringed, and I thought, I really should not be doing this. The devil possesses cunning timing. The opportunity to watch a PG-13 movie came again. I remember being really angry about something and I had that “I don’t care” attitude unchecked. So I watched it. During the movie, the same kind of appalling content that I had watched before was not so shocking. I subconsciously invited PG-13 movies into my entertainment repertoire for a few months. While I was still uncomfortable in my status quo, I watched rated R movies a couple of times.

The Lord really dealt with me. Somehow I woke up to the fact that I had really crossed the line. God kept bringing a verse to my attention:

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3

At first I did not listen to Him because I didn’t want to. Surrendering was a process, but eventually I had to go back to my friend and explain my gradual inclination preceded by the news of my repentance. I wanted God more. I loved God more.

I analyzed the process of my desensitization. It was gradual. It was subtle. I have remembered this when I have been bothered by the actions of other Christian friends. Everyone is in a different place in their walk with God. It is not our place to judge, but to influence them to keep walking.

After that I was introduced to the ClearPlay DVD players, which have great content filters. (I should be getting paid for all the advertising I do for them!) Even with filtering, some movies you just do not watch anyway! My husband and I rarely go to the theater. We wait for the movie to come out on DVD and watch it on ClearPlay, only after checking out the content on http://pluggedinonline.com or http://screenit.com.

Some people probably don’t agree with me or don’t understand my choices, but I’m not sorry that I live this way. I don’t feel like I’m missing out. I’m getting a whole lot more of the joy of walking with my Savior!

Questions: What about you? Have you gone through a process of surrendering with something?

9 thoughts on “Movies

  1. Wow!
    This convicted me big time! I love movies, but i don’t watch TV (ok i do for football!). Sounds Kind of hypocritical doesn’t it?

    TV is a conforming tool of the devil Rom 12:2. And it is no surprise that movies are bad too. Making a distinction of pg13 is probably a good idea.

    Have you noticed even the G movies have sorcery and witchcraft in them? Disney even promotes Gay Day!

    Ok now i am spinning out of control! But one thing is for sure, what we put in our eyes and ears is there to stay. It becomes a part of our personality. A part of who we are.

    Thanks for this post.

    God bless you tremendously!

    Jesus Rules!

    • Yeah, what is so frustrating and disheartening is when people don’t think that it affects their spirit man negatively. I have experienced it and it does! Thanks for your comments, Conrad. 🙂

  2. Good stuff, Kelly! I am very particular about what movies, tv, and music I allow myself to indulge in. I love the verse you shared. Why would I choose to put that filth in my mind? Remember when I gave up ‘Glee’? Oh I loved that show..the singing, the dancing..that is SO me. But I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to turn it off everytime I watched it. It took a few episodes for me to listen..all my Christian friends watch it, why can’t I???? But I finally decided I need to listen to his whisper and obey him. Not do what my friends were doing! (you’d think I’m 15 or something:)) Thanks for your thoughts!!!:)
    Sarah

  3. Hi Kelly,
    Thank you for this post, which I accessed through the Women in Worship site. I couldn’t agree with you more — and I had a similar experience that led me to the decision to not watch any movies rated worse than PG as well as avoid TV and most radio programming. I didn’t know about ClearPlay DVDs, but I’ll check that out. = )
    1 Thess 5

    • Great! We don’t actually have cable, we just watch DVDs. The Lord challenged me to not watch TV when I was 13 years old. I decided to try it for awhile. Then after I went back, it didn’t last long because I could see what I couldn’t see before. (Well, the Holy Spirit helped with that.) Using ClearPlay has been wonderful! Thanks for taking the time to share. 🙂

  4. I think its amazing… the Holy Ghost (Spirit) still speaks to us amidst the cacophony of noises — if we’re willing to listen for His voice. Sometimes its the small nudges that we can easily dismiss; but if we’re found faithful in a small things He’s gonna make us ruler over so many. Really enjoyed the post, Kelly!

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