Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Million Dollar Q   Movies--Right or Wrong?

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Philippians 1:9-10, Philippians 4:8

Going to the movies can be a lot of fun but it's also a minefield, littered with "stuff" we're not sure we want our kids taking in. God also wants us to be wise with our time, our money and what we put into our minds. So, it makes sense to check reviews, pay attention to what others say and set your own family guidelines for what you will and will not see. Helping your children understand why you set standards is key; you're responsible before God for teaching them and helping them grow to maturity.

What Does God Say?

Read Deuteronomy 6:5-9. List the times and places we are to instruct our children.
One goal in teaching is to help them develop discernment. Philippians 1:9-10 says, "And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what it excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ."

God provides a good filter in Philippians 4:8 for what we take in to our hearts and minds, no matter how old we are or the entertainment we prefer: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

My Thoughts

What are some areas where your children need to learn discernment?
List the definitions of "true," "honorable," "just," "pure," "lovely," "commendable," "excellent" and "worthy of praise." Then draw up a chart with those definitions and have your children help you evaluate a video or film accordingly.

My Part

Consider these ideas to help you and your kids become discerning. However, it will take some of your time too. You might even have to sit through their movie. Remember, this can also apply to television, DVDs, music, books, magazines, etc.

Ask your children questions about what they saw. What did they like? What didn't they like? Why or why not? What did it say about good and evil, about God? What did it say about how we treat people or ourselves, about success or failure, about violence, sexuality, etc.?
Discuss it. Don't turn it into an argument, but talk about these issues. This allows you and your kids to sort through the messages and views in a film.

Look into God's Word. Always take your children back to what God says about these things.
If God was on the earth will HE see sit with you and see Movie. Did God save us to see Movie ? Will God be happy to see us there during HIS second coming comes to take us.

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