Samuel Goldwyn, you know the movie maker, the “Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer” guy, once said, “I seriously object to seeing on the screen what belongs in the bedroom.” Well, that was a long time ago and it’s too bad that more people in Hollywood don’t have the same sentiments today.
The latest “heel good” movie from Hollywood has come out, just in time for Christmas 2008. Titled “Marley and Me”, after the book about “life and love with the world’s worst dog”, the movie is cast as a family movie, but according to reviews, Jennifer Aniston shows way, way, way too much flesh. The Hollywood pagans think it is completely normal for naked women to be showing off their stuff to strangers, even small children. Too bad. This makes the movie inappropriate for Christian viewing.
If you think I’m being “Legalistic”, I will give Gods’ Word the last word. And for those who remain unconvinced, I offer you some possible justifications for doing these activities (like viewing so-called ‘soft porn’ movies). But I caution you that God will be the final judge and He may not accept man’s justifications. So I kindly say ignore the import of these Scriptures at your own risk.
“Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals…” 1 Cor. 15:33 [Possible justification: “How can a movie theater possibly be thought of as ‘bad company’?]
“Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy” Rom. 13:13 [Possible justification: “The verse is talking about my behavior, not the behavior of the undressed woman on the video.”]
“I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Mt. 5:28 [Possible justification: “I wasn’t lusting. I was looking, but I wasn’t lusting. And when I was looking, I was only ‘enjoying’ the beauty that God created.”]
“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality (porneia, ‘porn’), impurity, sensuality,” Gal. 5:19 [Possible justification: “It is just being silly and legalistic because God didn’t say you can’t watch movies. What about looking at billboards, and television commercials, and music lyrics, and tattoos? Are you going to forbid all of these things too?”]
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;” 1 Thess. 4:3 [Possible justification: “It’s not ‘sexual immorality’ if I’m just watching other people commit it on a Hollywood movie set?”]
“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.” Psalm 101:3 [Possible justification: “Who says that seeing an actress’s hiney is a ‘worthless’ thing? Maybe God thinks that ‘Spongebob’ is a ‘worthless thing’ too.]
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1) [Possible justification: “Job didn’t say that it was wrong to lust for a woman who was no longer a virgin.”]