I don’t think you need to be a theologian to answer that question. Of course it is not wrong for you to watch a movie. I personally grew up in a culture where watching movies was a big taboo. The question has to be evaluated and valued under a few categories and I share them here.

The influence of movies

Videos and movies are much, much more influential than newspapers and magazines, unlike the years gone by. So many movies are released week upon week, of different styles, genres, languages and for all ages. People from all walks of life enjoy movies. Th latest movie song soon become the new anthems, the best action stunts are dissected and discussed, and the infamous dialogs turn into mother tongue now!

Learning from movies

As much as a person might criticise it, we have to accept that watching movies do bring with it a lot of plus points. The greatest plus point about movies is that it makes you look at life from a perspective different from one’s own. Good movies, to a great extent, have the capacity to evoke love and passion, inspire heroics and unselfish behavior, and bring home lives and cultures of people from all walks of life.

Family Watching Television Together

The harm it causes

That being said, the kind of harm movies cause on the mind is not ignorable either. Casual sexual relationships are on the rise as is celebrated in the movies and by movie stars today. Violence and brutality is on the rise simultaneously. And the thing that harms is that Christians have begun to adopt the culture of the movie world. It so easily desensitizes us of the pain and suffering in the world. Hence it is highly recommended to screen the movies you watch, and hold on to whatever is good and pure.

Overdoing movies

In our day and age when movies are an effortless entertainment and in plenty, getting addicted to them is easier than ever before. That is a danger a Christian has to run away from. Personally for me, it was an addiction once upon a time. Now with much disciplining have I been able to take control over it. Addiction to movies can corrupt your thinking and paralyze your efficiency, because your world becomes a virtual one. Above all, guard your time. Let nothing snatch the precious time out of your hands in a highly unproductive fashion.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

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