Before Jesus completely transformed me and I began to “look up” for His return, I was a movie junkie. In fact, I once managed a video store. I didn’t get to the theaters very often, but every movie that came out to rent….I watched. Honestly, every. single. one. I knew everything there was to know about most of the movies people came in to rent. What can I say, I loved movies. Passionately.
Not too long ago I would’ve been chomping at the bit in anticipation of this movie:
Angelina Jolie was my girl, back in the day, and I had a particular fancy for scary and mysterious movies.
All the while I would’ve told you I was a Christian,and I would’ve meant it and believed it. I was.
But I was still very much attached to things of this world, completely oblivious that I was being courted, manipulated and deceived by the enemy and that he was having a field day with my lackadaisical Christianity.
This was before Jesus stepped in and renewed my mind.
Now, it is different. I am different. In fact, I watch MAYBE two hours of t.v. a WEEK and the last movie I saw, well, I cannot remember the title but I do remember coming away from it thinking that was two hours of my life that I am never getting back. Two hours that could’ve been better well-spent.
Is this to say that I no longer enjoy myself, that I can no longer be entertained? Am I saying if you go see “Maleficent” you are not a Christian? Of course not.
I am simply saying I am different. Seriously, it is an act of God that I no longer desire to see the next thing coming out of Hollywood.
Now when I see ads of Maleficent, or any of the other blockbuster hits, my stomach churns-tightens. All I can see is a tool with which the enemy deceives so many. Slap the name “Disney” on it and that makes it automatically okay. It must be family-friendly and safe for your kids, right? Not so, I’m afraid. Sure, there may not be any profanity, nudity or sexual content but that does not make it safe. Look at the image above again. What we have here is a demon-woman, where the forces of evil are celebrated. People get a thrill out of the “dark side”. I used to be one of them. The same goes for all these super hero movies that have made a comeback in recent years. I was once a huge X-Men fan as well. Now all I see is propaganda; an effort to brain wash society into believing two falsehoods: evolution and man has within himself the ability to be like God, with supernatural abilities. Yes, the “entertainment” industry is a very effective tool of the enemy’s. I don’t even have to mention mainstream music, do I?
The point of this post is not to look down my nose at Christians who still find movies like Maleficent enjoyable, rather it is meant as a kind of personal testimony of how Jesus has changed me and of the work He is doing in me. HE IS NOT FINISHED WITH ME YET! I am still imperfect and if not for the grace of God and the redemptive work of Jesus-I would be doomed to an eternity in the lake of fire. But I finally “Get It”. I want to bring Him glory and live a holy life, BECAUSE of what He did. BECAUSE He loves me, I love Him and do not want to dishonor His work on the cross by continuing to dabble in the things of this world.
Yes, I can still have fun. I love roller coasters! I love working along side my husband in the garden. I love seeing my children smile and laugh. I love to be silly, read a good book and even watch a wholesome, uplifting video from time to time. Living a holy life does not equate a dull life. In fact, Jesus said He came to give us an ABUNDANT life, and He does indeed! We just need to let go of what the world finds entertaining and find the true joy in life’s simple, beautiful pleasures.
And to be perfectly honest, NO, I do not think people who love and follow Jesus should spend the money God has made them stewards of on the evil filth coming out of Hollywood. What fellowship has light with darkness? Why give evil a foothold? Why make available your hearts and minds to the one that wishes to destroy you? Why taint the name of Jesus by professing Him on Sunday morning but paying homage to satan on Saturday night?
Just something to consider……