Questions and Answers: Harry Potter This Time Around

Question: Do you think the new Harry Potter Movie is okay for Christians to watch?

Answer: No. I do not. When I checked both www.screenit.com and www.kidsinmind.com, I found both sites note that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One) contains both sex/nudity and profanity. I just really don’t see why any further investigation would be necessary for any Christian, considering that entertainment is an optional part of life; not a requirement, and considering that we are called to think on things that are true, just, honest, pure, lovely, virtuous and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). I sometimes want to ask if Christians are losing their minds to be asking such questions. But then the answer is obvious. We are. We are losing our minds to the devil. And he loves it. You will notice I did not sugarcoat nor tiptoe up to my judgment about this. I just believe we’ve allowed far too much anesthetization by Hollywood in our generation. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7). If Jesus were accompanying you, bodily—in the flesh—would you take him to that movie? Well, He is with you.

One of the Christian universities with which I’m familiar gave late permission for a large group to go and see this movie’s premier. (You really have to wonder about the consistency in that decision, when the battle the university is fighting against the use of pornography and immoral sexuality is one of large proportions.) I know of another group of students who waited for the review to be posted and chose not to go and see it. I know of yet another group who went before the reviews were out, saw for themselves that offensive material was being shown, and got up and left early in the movie. See, there are choices. God’s people don’t have to (and shouldn’t) follow a multitude to do evil (Exodus 23:2).

"EAT PRAY LOVE"

“EAT PRAY LOVE”
(2010) (Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem) (PG-13)

The above is a mini-review of “Eat Play Love”, the new Julia Roberts film. It comes from www.screenit.com. As I scrolled down the review, there were lots and lots of specifics that I would never even place on this blog. There seemed to be just a barrage of trash can material, especially in the category of imitative behavior: phrases. Suffice it to say that it makes me very sad to see and hear people of God endorse this movie on their facebook pages, blogs and/or in their casual conversation with others, especially in their conversations with people of the world, who are often sizing up the church simultaneously as they assess us, personally. I am ashamed that my Lord has to see His people endorsing Hollywood’s entertainment cesspool, when he has so clearly given us the call to “abstain from the very appearance of evil” (I Thess. 5: 22). We cannot pretend to be sanctified when we are choosing raunchy entertainment. We don’t have to see it. We don’t even need to see it. Entertainment, on the whole, is optional. When we, as his people make rational choices to ingest unholy and spiritually destructive media, mark it down: we will be negatively affected. Our characters will suffer. Our influence for Him will deteriorate. “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he,” (Prov. 23:7) Can I beg you to honestly answer the question before pursuing any optional path in life? Here it is: “Is this the choice I would make if Jesus were right here– going with me?” If the answer is no, then YOU are the reason you are not still walking with Him. He has not moved. Oh, he still knows your choices and those choices to be entertained by sin are still hurting Him; the One who died for you. But you get to choose. Will you make choices that will pull you over onto the broad path of the world? He is still beckoning with blood stained hands on the narrow path that leads to life. May we see the hypocrisy in singing “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary,” and “Purer in heart O God, help me to be…” and “More and more like Jesus,” while we continue to enjoy the works of the flesh as Hollywood presents them to us. We will be unable to convince lost people to leave sin if we are enjoying it on the screen from a comfortable seat in the theater. Let’s be real.