Movie Reel

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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 or

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!!!:)

  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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