Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Question: What guidelines should a Christian family have in deciding which movies are appropriate to watch?
My Response: There are some great comments and helps mentioned in the comments section! Be sure to read those!
Media is a powerful influence in our generation. What we bring in to our hearts and minds has a long term spiritual impact. Jesus said that if a man looks at a woman and lusts after her, he has committed adultery in his heart. That principle should guide our standards in the appropriateness of movies.
Movie ratings themselves provide some helpful insights.
NC-17: No one under 17 permitted. That should speak for itself. I don't know how a believer could defend viewing the content of this rating.
R: Restricted. This movie contains "adult" material not generally suited for children. Movies receive an R rating based on gratuitous sex, graphic violence and/or language. Which of these would be appropriate for any of us to consume?
PG-13: Not suitable for children under 13 years old. There aren't many things that are unsuitable for a 13 year old that are suitable for any of us. Care should obviously be taken here.
PG: Parental Guidance. This suggests that there may be inappropriate material presented.
G: General Audience. While not always true -- This rating suggest that what is presented is safe for all audiences. Even here, however, a biblical world-view can be negatively portrayed.
There are exceptions to any rules or ratings. There is no single set of standards that fit everyone. I think all media should be evaluated by the Jesus standard. Would He approve?