Ok maybe I do get it… but it’s just not how I am any more. Let me explain what I’m talking about…
I know that I mention Jon Acuff in probably half of the blogs I write. I don’t mean to be a creepy-psyco fan or anything; I just happen to read his blog often (along with several others) and I read this post about “The Hangover 2”, and it got me thinking…
Quick Disclaimer: This post is NOT meant to be written towards anyone. It is also MEANT to be a non-judgmental assertion of some of my thoughts. If you have seen or plan on seeing “The Hangover 2”, please know that I would never EVER judge you for what you may or may not watch at the movies. That would just be ridiculous.
With that said… When I first heard about the first movie, I already had one good reason to not go see the movie: The name. I know, I sound like my mom…. 😦 But truthfully, that is enough to stop me from spending $10 at the theater. I can’t exactly imagine anything good coming out of a movie with a title like that.
However, I really would like to make this post about more than just one movie. There’s something I find a little disturbing in the trend of the young generation of the church/Christians. We seem to be really good at justifying things that we do that we know we probably shouldn’t. This applies to more than just movies; you can apply it to TV shows, books/magazines we read, things we do on the weekend, things we do with our boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.
I think that’s why I liked Acuff’s blog post so much.
If you didn’t click on the link, his post is essentially about the excuses that Christians make when they see movies that they know, like “The Hangover”, will be full of all kinds vulgarity, and probably shouldn’t see anyway. We make excuses like being “relevant” and “with the times”, covering your eyes during the nudity, focusing on the “deeper” meaning of the film, or, in Acuff’s terms, reverse Jesus-Juking anyone who questions you watching it (in other words calling someone judgmental and closed-minded for not watching it, and for judging what they haven’t seen).
I think about the verse Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” And also in 1 Corinthians 10:23 ” ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is constructive.” I have a choice to do whatever I want to do. God isn’t gonna stop me. And… I like that! I like that God doesn’t force me to love Him, or do anything on His behalf. However, some things that I want to do just aren’t good. Some things I want to do, in the words of Paul, are just not “beneficial” or “constructive” to me.
I am a firm believer in finding God in “secular” things. Staci and I are always connecting movies, TV shows (especially LOST), music, and books (even including Harry Potter) to our relationship with God. I love to find God in things that people didn’t intend because I believe that what the Bible says about all creation singing His praises is true. But I also believe we can find these things in movies much more wholesome (great, using another word my mom uses) than movies like the “Hangover”.
Once again, I want to reiterate that I am not trying to judge those who do what they do. It’s their choice. I’m also not trying to sound “holier-than-thou” by saying that I have simply chosen the alternative. The truth is, I didn’t always make these kind of decisions in my life. Remember at the beginning of this post (which was so long ago that you probably don’t) that I had said I do get why people watch these kind of movies. There was a time in my life when I would have gone (and did go) to the opening night of movies like the “Hangover”. Where I watched what I thought looked funny regardless of vulgarity. In fact, I even owned a handful of those kind of movies. I laughed at the worst parts and scoffed at those who thought I was doing the wrong thing. And then I realized that God has the best thing for me, while most of things I do are only the “good” (or, a lot of times, not so good) thing. So now I have stopped watching many of the types of movies and TV shows I once found funny due to vulgarity, and the funny thing is, as I have moved away from watching those things, the less I have a desire to see one, and the more I am convicted when I do watch one.
This post isn’t meant to judge, just to hopefully get you thinking. ” ‘Everything is permissible’ – But not everything is beneficial…”
(For me, by far, Inception is the best one I’ve seen recently (even though that was a while back). And I know it sounds nerdy, but I’m actually excited for Harry Potter 7 pt. 2 this summer.)